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John Kiggins



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.

Bath National Cemetery

Born:  February 02, 1837 at Syracuse, NY

Entered Service in the US Army from Syracuse, NY

Earned The Medal of Honor During the Civil War For heroism November 24, 1863 at Lookout Mountain, TN

Died:  September 29, 1914 at the age of 77

Sergeant John Kiggins was one of twenty men cited for personal valor in the fighting in and around Chattanooga, Tennessee, November 24 & 25, 1863. On November 24 he was one of four men of the 149th New York Infantry Regiment to earn the award for his valor at Lookout Mountain. Captain George Collins recalled, "Our regiment had charged the enemy on the heights above the Craven house, when a Union battery in the valley below, opened a damaging fire upon us, mistaking us for the enemy. Sergeant Kiggins, color bearer of the regiment, advanced to a point between the two lines, got up on a stump and waved his flag to attract the attention of the artillerymen, thus averting what threatened to be disaster. In accomplishing this brave deed, he drew the enemy's fire upon himself, and nine bullet holes in his clothing, besides one through his cap, which left its mark upon his scalp, and one through his thigh, attested the accuracy of the enemy's fire."



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