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William B. Hincks



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.

Mountain Grove Cemetery

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Born:  1841 at Bucksport, ME

Entered Service in the US Army from Bridgeport, CT

Earned The Medal of Honor During the Civil War For heroism July 03, 1863 at Gettysburg, PA

Died:  November 07, 1903 at the age of 62

Sergeant Major William Hincks was one of 63 men who was awarded the Medal of Honor for heroism in the battle at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, July 1 - 3, 1863. During the high-water mark of Pickett's charge on the last day of that battle, the colors of the 14th Tennessee Infantry (Confederate States of America) were planted 50 yards in front of the center of Sergeant Major Hincks' regiment. There were no Confederates standing near it but several were lying down around it. Upon a call for volunteers by Major Ellis to capture this flag, Sergeant Major Hincks and two other soldiers leaped the wall. One companion was instantly shot. Sergeant Major Hincks outran his remaining companion running straight and swift for the colors amid a storm of shot. Swinging his saber over the prostrate Confederates and uttering a terrific yell, he seized the flag and hastily returned to his lines. The 14th Tennessee, Archer's Brigade, carried 12 battle honors on its flag.



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