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Francis Snow Hesseltine



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.

Wyoming Cemetery

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Born:  December 10, 1833 at Bangor, ME

Entered Service in the US Army from Waterville, ME

Earned The Medal of Honor During the Civil War For heroism December 30, 1863 at Matagorda Bay, TX

Died:  February 17, 1916 at the age of 82

On the night of December 28, 1863, Lieutenant Colonel Francis Hesseltine and 100 men embarked on the gunboat Granite City and proceeded to the Matagorda Peninsula of Texas, where they landed through the surf in the early morning to conduct a reconnaissance. Poor weather denied the small group further communication with their supporting ships, and for two days the small force was required to continue their mission on their own, and in the face of more than one thousand enemy cavalrymen. Lieutenant Colonel commanded his men through repeated skirmished, beating back the enemy forces. On the second day the unit was heavily engaged, but repulsed the Confederate forces. Expecting an attack the following morning, and unable to contact the ships, Lieutenant Colonel Hesseltine had his men prepare fortifications. During the night two bonfires enabled the Union gunboat Scioto to locate their position while the Granite City went for reinforcements. On December 30 the Union soldiers beat back each rebel assault and survived bombardment by the rebel gunboat J.G. Carr. Lieutenant Colonel Hesseltine moved his forces down the Peninsula where, in a raging storm, they were picked up by the Scioto, without having lost a man.



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