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.
September 15, 1835 at Niagara Falls, NY
Entered Service in the US
Army from St. Louis, MO
18, 1922 at the age of 86
The Medal of Honor During the Civil War For heroism on May 22,
1863 at Vicksburg, MS
campaign was waged from March 29 to July 4, 1863. It included
battles in west-central Mississippi at Port Gibson, Raymond,
Jackson, Champion Hill, Big Black River and numerous smaller
battle fields. On the morning of May 22, General Grant launched
what he hoped would be a crushing assault against Vicksburg. In
the fighting that followed, the Union Infantry was repulsed and
thrown back along a three-mile front. The Union Army suffered
more than 3,000 casualties, and 97 Union soldiers earned Medals
of Honor (the second largest single-day total in history.) When
the color bearer was killed, Major Dennis Kirby rushed forward,
recovered the colors, and bore them himself in the assault.
Following the failed assault on May 22, a forty-seven day siege
was laid against the city, which finally surrendered to Union
forces on July 4.