Fading light dims the sight,
And a star gems the sky,
From afar drawing nigh,
Falls the night.
Day is done, gone the sun,
From the lake, From the hills,
From the sky.
All is well, safely rest,
God is nigh.
Then good night, Peaceful night,
Till the light of the dawn
God is near, do not fear,
Friend, good night.
November 09, 1842 at Danvers, MA
Entered Service in the US
Army from Danvers, MA
19, 1908 at the age of 65
The Medal of Honor During the Indian Campaigns For heroism on
September 29, 1879 at White River Agency, CO
appeared to be successful negotiations with five chiefs at the
White River Agency in efforts to avoid hostility, the cavalry
encountered a large Indian force on September 29, 1879. Major
Thornburg again opened negotiations, but talks broke down and
turned into gunfire. The cavalry troops were pushed back towards
their wagon train at Milk River, and serious fighting continued
throughout the day. Captain Francis Dodge with 40 men, rode to the
relief of a command that had been defeated and was besieged by an
overwhelming force of Indians. He reached the field at daylight
and joined in the action which lasted for three days. Eleven men
earned the Medal of Honor during the three-day battle, and a
twelfth was awarded for the final action in the White River
Agency/Milk River battle on October 20.