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Edward A. Holton

 

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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.

Westminster Old Cemetery

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Born:  August 28, 1835 at Westminster, VT

Entered Service in the US Army from Williston, VT

Earned The Medal of Honor During the Civil War For heroism April 16, 1862 at Lee's Mills, VA

Died:  January 29, 1906 at the age of 70

First Sergeant Edward Holton was one of three soldiers who earned the Medal of Honor for heroism during the battle at Lee's Mills, Virginia, on April 16, 1862. While the troops were in retreat under a withering hail of fire from the enemy forces, the color bearer was shot down. Without regard for his own life, and under the continuing fire of the enemy guns, First Sergeant Holton dashed forward and rescued the regimental colors.
Also Awarded Medals of Honor for this battle at Lee's Mills were: Captain Samuel Pingree, and Drummer Julian Scott

 

 

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