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George Washington McWilliams



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.

Ida Grove Cemetery

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Born:  1844 at Waterford, PA

Entered Service in the US Navy from Pennsylvania

Earned The Medal of Honor During the Civil War For heroism December 24, 1864 to February 22, 1865 at Forts Fisher & Wilmington, NC

Died:  August 11, 1900 at the age of 56

By the end of the year 1864, Wilmington was the South's last open seaport on the Atlantic coast and was protected by Fort Fisher in North Carolina. At least sixty-nine Medals of Honor were earned in two engagements against Fort Fisher, more than thirty in the initial two-day unsuccessful combined Army/Navy attack in December 1864. Seven men of the U.S.S. Pontoosuc, including Landsman George McWilliams, were cited for their distinguished actions in both first attack on Fort Fisher and the subsequent victory the following January, as well as for their service in the subsequent actions at Wilmington, North Carolina. Landsman McWilliams was awarded the Medal of Honor for carrying out his duties faithfully during this period, and was recommended for gallantry and skill and for his cool courage while under the fire of the enemy throughout these various actions.



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