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Edward Bancroft Williston

 

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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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BORN:  July 15, 1836 at Norwich, VT

Entered Service in the US Army from San Francisco, CA

Earned The Medal of Honor During the Civil War For heroism on June 12, 1864 at Trevilian Station, VA

DIED:  April 24, 1920 at the age of 83

On the morning of June 12, the Union troopers were tearing up the tracks to the west of Trevilian Station when they came upon General Wade Hampton's dismounted men entrenched and barring the way. The Union soldiers made repeated costly attacks on the rebel position but could not gain an inch of ground. First Lieutenant Edward Williston was one of two men to earn the Medal of Honor in this action, where he was cited for his distinguished gallantry in battle. After nightfall Sheridan decided to abandon the rest of the mission. He retreated eastward, burdened by 1,000 wounded men, 500 prisoners, and hundreds of escaped slaves who flocked to his column.

 

 

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