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.
July 13, 1839 at Syracuse, NY
Entered Service in the US
Army from West Chester, PA
15, 1915 at the age of 75
The Medal of Honor During the Civil War For heroism on January
15, 1865 at Fort Fisher, NC
By the end of
the year 1864, Wilmington was the South's last open seaport on
the Atlantic coast and was protected by Fort Fisher in North
Carolina. On December 24 the Union Navy and Army made a combined
assault on Fort Fisher, but were turned back after two days of
fighting. The combined force returned on January 12, 1865, and
engaged the fort in three days of combat from sea and land. The
campaign culminated in a six-hour battle on January 15 during
which at least 30 men earned Medals of Honor and the important
fort was captured. First Lieutenant John Wainwright commanded a
regiment in the final attack on the fort, and earned the Medal
of Honor for his gallant and meritorious conduct during the
charge on the enemy position.