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Cornelius Minor Hadley



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.

Mount Hope Cemetery

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Born:  April 27, 1838 at Sandy Creek, NY

Entered Service in the US Army from Adrian, MI

Earned The Medal of Honor During the Civil War For heroism November 20, 1863 at Knoxville, TN

Died:  March 22, 1902 at the age of 63

General Wilcox commanded the Union forces around Cumberland Gap in November 1863 when he received a dispatch from General Grant that was to be forwarded to General Burnside who with his forces were besieged at Knoxville. The important message read: "I shall attack Bragg on the 21st, and if successful, will start immediately to the relief of Knoxville, if you can hold out." Sergeant Cornelius Hadley and Sergeant Rowe were dispatched through miles of hostile territory to deliver this important communication. Disguised in a Confederate uniform, which could have resulted in his execution as a spy if captured, Sergeant Hadley set out on his desperate mission. Before entering Knoxville, Sergeant Rowe became ill and Sergeant Burnside continued alone to deliver his message. General Burnside, in turn, provided the courier with four dispatches to take back, concealed in his pistol. General Burnside advised, "If captured, be sure to fire your revolver before surrendering." On the return trip he rejoined the recovered Sergeant Row, who was subsequently captured, but continued on again alone, to reach his destination and deliver the important messages.



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