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John H. Hays



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.

Moscow Cemetery

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Born:  August 04, 1844 at Jefferson County, OH

Entered Service in the US Army from Oskaloosa, IA

Earned The Medal of Honor During the Civil War For heroism April 16, 1865 at Columbus, GA

Died:  January 27, 1904 at the age of 59

*While the Official Record (from which the information is taken for the Medal of Honor Marker) lists Mr. Hays date of death as January 27, 1904, Moscow Cemetery records his date of death as January 27, 1903--which is probably the accurate date.  At the same time the cemetery marker lists his age as 61 at the time of death, however if his year of birth is correct, he would have been only 58.

In a single engagement near Columbus, Georgia on 16 April 1865, five members of the 4th Iowa Cavalry and two members of the 3d Iowa Cavalry captured battle flags of their opponents. Each of these seven men, all from the State of Iowa, received Medals of Honor. John H. Hays, a private in Company F, 4th Iowa Cavalry was cited for capturing both the flag and flag bearer of Austin's Battery of the Confederate States of America. (Others involved in this action: Norman Bates, Edward Bebb, Horatio Birdsall, Richard Cosgriff, Richard Morgan, and Andrew Tibbets.)



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