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William Leonard



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.

Mayn Cemetery

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Born:     July 14, 1855 at Ypsilanti, MI

Entered Service in the US Army from Detroit, MI

Earned The Medal of Honor During the Indian Campaigns For heroism May 07, 1877 at Muddy Creek, MT.

Died:  September 15, 1923 at the age of 68

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. At the height of the battle, Private William Leonard became isolated from his command and defended himself for over two hours against the Indians from a position behind a rock before he was rescued, earning the Medal of Honor for his valiant defense. First Sergeant Harry Wilkins, Corporal Harry Garland, and Private Samuel Phillips and Farrier William Jones also earned Medals of Honor in the battle at Little Muddy Creek.



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