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William H. Jones

 

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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.

Efland Methodist Church Cemetery

Born:  1842 at Davidson County, NC

Entered Service in the US Army from Louisville, KY

Earned The Medal of Honor During the Indian Campaigns For heroism May 07, 1877 at Little Muddy Creek, MT and on August 20, 1877 at Camas Meadows, ID.

Died:  December 23, 1911 at the age of 69

By April 1877, most of the cavalry Regiments of the United States was engaged in warfare with several small bands of Indians. After several major Indian leaders surrendered, Lame Deer and his warriors were the only hostile force still holding territory claimed by the U.S. government. Marching day and night with only short breaks, the 2d Cavalry reached the area of the Indian encampment near Little Muddy Creek, Montana. At 0100 hours, May 7, after only a few hours' rest, the troopers broke camp and marched for the remainder of the night. At dawn they surprised Lame Deer's warriors. The soldiers charged through the village and stampeded the horses, and then the other cavalry troops charged, thoroughly routing the Indians. Farrier William Jones was cited for "Gallantry in action" in this battle and the action at Camas Meadows, Idaho, on August 20, 1877, during which he received a painful wound to the knee. He served as the units veterinarian and medic, as well as its blacksmith. First Sergeant Harry Wilkins, Corporal Harry Garland, and Privates William Leonard and Samuel Phillips also earned Medals of Honor in the battle at Little Muddy Creek.

 

 

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