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James M. Elson



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.

Oakwood Cemetery

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Born:  November 06, 1838 at Coshocton, OH

Entered Service in the US Army from Shellsburg, IA

Earned The Medal of Honor During the Civil War For heroism May 22, 1863 at Vicksburg, MS

Died:  March 26, 1894 at the age of 55

The Vicksburg campaign was waged from March 29 to July 4, 1863. It included battles in west-central Mississippi at Port Gibson, Raymond, Jackson, Champion Hill, Big Black River and numerous smaller battle fields. On the morning of May 22, General Grant launched what he hoped would be a crushing assault against Vicksburg. In the fighting that followed, the Union Infantry was repulsed and thrown back along a three-mile front. The Union Army suffered more than 3,000 casualties, and 97 Union soldiers earned Medals of Honor (the second largest single-day total in history.) During this battle Sergeant James Elson carried the colors in advance of his regiment. Alone and ahead of his fellow soldiers, Sergeant Elson was shot down while attempting to plant the colors on the enemy's works. Following the failed assault on May 22, a forty-seven day siege was laid against the city, which finally surrendered to Union forces on July 4.



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