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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.

Fort Meade National Cemetery

Born:  1840 at Luxemburg, Switzerland

Entered Service in the US Army from Cincinnati, OH

Earned The Medal of Honor During the Indian Campaigns For heroism August - October, 1868 at Arizona

Died:  April 07, 1897 at the age of 57

In the late summer and fall of 1868, bands of hostile Apache Indians were marauding through the Arizona Territory, killing settlers and stealing livestock. Two Troops of the 8th Cavalry, a force of no more than 50-60 soldiers, were tasked with responding to secure settlements and keep the territory open for habitation. From August to October, Troops B and L were constantly in the saddle as they patrolled the territory. Though there were no major engagements, these troops were frequently attacked from ambush or sniped at from hidden ravines, and the 90-day period was one of intense danger and dedicated around-the-clock security for the Arizona Territory. At the end of the campaign, 34 of the men of these two troops (including 4 from Company L, 29 from Company B and one other trooper from the 8th Cavalry) were awarded Medals of Honor. The Medals were presented the following summer on July 24, 1869 in one of the largest Medal of Honor presentations to that date. Among the awardees was Private Thomas Carroll, who was cited for "Bravery in scouts and actions against Indians".



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