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.
February 20, 1853 at Newberry Hill, SC
Entered Service in the US
Army from Athens, GA
16, 1934 at the age of 81
The Medal of Honor During the Indian Campaigns For heroism on
December 29, 1890 at Wounded Knee Creek, SD
On the morning
of December 29, 1890, the Sioux chief Big Foot and some 350 of his
followers camped on the banks of Wounded Knee creek, a tributary
of the White River. Surrounding their camp was a force of U.S.
troops charged with the responsibility of arresting Big Foot and
disarming his warriors. In a frantic attempt to return to their
glory days, many Sioux sought deliverance in a new mysticism
preached by a Paiute shaman called Wovoka, and fought fiercely
believing that their "Ghost Shirts" would protect them
from the bluecoats' bullets. In the savage battle twenty-four
soldiers distinguished themselves to the degree that they were
awarded the Medal of Honor. First Lieutenant Ernest Garlington was
cited for his own extraordinary gallantry in the battle during
which he was severely wounded.