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.
October 20, 1819 at New York, NY
Entered Service in the US
Army from New York, NY
03, 1914 at the age of 94
The Medal of Honor During the Civil War For heroism on July
02, 1863 at Gettysburg, PA
Sickles began his military career in 1861, raising an army of
New York volunteers in part so that he could become a Brigadier
General. His first major engagement came at Chancellorsville,
Virginia in May 1863. Despite severe losses, Sickles led well.
Sickles took a brief leave following the battle at
Chancellorsville, returning to the Army of the Potomac on June
30, 1863. The following day the battle of Gettysburg (VA) began.
On July 2nd, after spending most of the day holding the left
flank of the Union Army troops near Little Round Top, Sickles
ordered his entire corps forward to the high ground. It was a
controversial decision, made without orders, that may have
ultimately saved the day.
In the battle that followed, General Sickles was shot in the
right leg by a 12-pound solid slug. Despite the severe wound
that left his leg nearly severed and dangling only by a few
shreds of muscle and skin, he continued to lead and encourage
his soldiers until removed to a nearby field hospital where his
leg was amputated.