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John Wainwright

 

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Fading light dims the sight,
And a star gems the sky,
    Gleaming bright.
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, safel
y rest,
    God is nigh.


Then good night, Peaceful night,
Till the light of the dawn
    Shineth bright,
God is near, do not fear,
  Friend, good night.

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  2-1061 

BORN:  July 13, 1839 at Syracuse, NY

Entered Service in the US Army from West Chester, PA

Earned The Medal of Honor During the Civil War For heroism on January 15, 1865 at Fort Fisher, NC

DIED:  April 15, 1915 at the age of 75

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.

 

 

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