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James H. Lee



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.

The Rural Cemetery

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Born:  1840 at New York, NY

Entered Service in the US Navy from New York, NY

Earned The Medal of Honor During the Civil War For heroism June 19, 1864 at Cherbourg, France

Died:  August 09, 1877 at the age of 37

The Confederate commerce raider Alabama became legendary during the Civil War for the great damage it wreaked on Union sipping. The legendary rebel vessel became the object of a massive sea hunt for the Union Navy, which at last located the large ship at Cherbourg, France. On June 19 the U.S.S. Kearsarge engaged the Alabama in one of the most famous sea battles of the war, though the actual combat only lasted about an hour. When the smoke cleared, the Alabama sank to the bottom and seventeen members of the crew of the Kearsarge, including Seaman James Lee, were awarded Medals of Honor. Seaman Lee was cited for carrying out his duties as sponger of the Number 1 gun courageously throughout the action, and for marked coolness and good conduct while under enemy fire.



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