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James N. Pratt



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.

Bellefontaine Cemetery

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Born:  September 12, 1852 at Bellefontaine, OH

Entered Service in the US Army from Bellefontaine, OH

Earned The Medal of Honor During the Indian Campaigns For heroism September 29, 1872 at Red River, TX

Died:  October 13, 1903 at the age of 51

As Colonel MacKenzie commanded an expedition over the Staked Plains of Texas in 1872 to find and rout hostile Indian forces, Companies A, D, F, I and L of the 4th US Cavalry made a one-day march to reach the North Fork of the Red River, where a large camp of Comanche was sighted. As the cavalry moved towards the 280 lodge encampment, the Indian ponies stampeded and alarmed the Indians to the soldiers' approach. Immediately they engaged the cavalry in fierce combat, during which Lieutenant Hudson of Troop I was leading the advance. While crossing the river, Hudson's horse and the horses of other men, became trapped in quicksand, and could neither advance or retreat. Colonel Mackenzie ordered Sergeant Wilson to take command of the troop, which he did with courage and skill, continuing the charge to hold the right flank of the village. Blacksmith James Pratt was cited for his gallantry as a part of that attacking force of Troop I.(Others involved in this action: Edward Branagan, William Foster, David Larkin, Henry McMasters, William McNamara, William O'Neill, William Rankin, William Wilson)



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