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John Lonergan



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.

St. Joseph's Cemetery

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Born:  April 07, 1839 at Carrick, Ireland

Entered Service in the US Army from Burlington, VT

Earned The Medal of Honor During the Civil War For heroism July 02, 1863 at Gettysburg, PA

Died:  August 06, 1902 at the age of 63

Captain John Lonergan was one of 63 men who was awarded the Medal of Honor for heroism in the battle at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, July 1 - 3, 1863. As darkness fell on the evening of July 2, four guns of the 15th U.S. Artillery were captured by the Confederate forces. Major General Hancock found the 13th Vermont in reserve and ordered them to recapture the guns. Captain Lonergan, in command of Company A, was the first to reach and recapture the guns, along with two enemy artillery pieces. While returning to the Union lines, Captain Lonergan and his men came under fire from the nearby Codori House. Captain Lonergan ordered his men to temporarily leave the recaptured guns and follow him in an attack on the enemy force, personally opening the door and ordering the surrender of the Confederate soldiers inside the house. He returned to his lines with the six cannons and eighty-three rebel prisoners.



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