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.
December 29, 1848 at Jacksonville, IL
Entered Service in the US
Army from Springfield, IL
09, 1926 at the age of 77
The Medal of Honor During the Indian Campaigns For heroism on
September 30, 1877 at Bear Paw Mountain, MT
summer and early fall of 1877 the U.S. Cavalry was in pursuit of
Chief Joseph and the Nez Perce Indian tribe as they attempted to
cross through Montana and reach Canada. After numerous battles,
including the battle of the Little Big Hole in early August, the
Cavalry found it difficult to follow and locate Chief Joseph and
his traveling tribe. After a forced march of several days, the
Indian camp was located near Bear Paw Mountain, where the final
battle that lead to the surrender of the Nez Perce nation
occurred on September 30. Second Lieutenant McClernand gallantly
attacked a band of hostile Indians and led his men in combat
with great courage, skill and boldness. He was one of nine men
awarded the Medal of Honor for the Bear Paw Mountain battle.