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Charles E. Morse



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.

Bath National Cemetery

Born:  May 05, 1841 at France

Entered Service in the US Army from New York, NY

Earned The Medal of Honor During the Civil War For heroism May 05, 1864 at Wilderness Campaign, VA

Died:  August 31, 1920 at the age of 79

In May 1864 after assuming command of the Union Army, General Grant launched his offensive against Confederate General Robert E. Lee, marching towards Richmond, Virginia. By May 5 most of Grant's army had crossed the Rapidan River, where for three days they engaged the Confederate forces in the opening battles of the "Wilderness Campaign". On the first day of that battle Sergeant Charles Morse was advancing with his regiment in a charge that pushed the enemy forces back until there was no place to retreat, whereupon the Confederates made their own brave stand. Sergeant Morse's regiment was ordered back to their rifle pits, and the rebel soldiers, mistaking their withdrawal as retreat, mounted their own fierce attack, during which the color sergeant was mortally wounded. As the Federal troops pulled back someone shouted, "The Colors are down!" With a comrade, Sergeant Morse raced to rescue the colors, reaching the dying color bearer moments before the advancing Confederates. His comrade, Corporal Deitzel soon joined him and the two men returned fire as they pulled back. Despite being shot in the knee, Sergeant Morse safely returned the colors to his own lines.



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