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Otis O. Roberts



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.

Mount Pleasant Cemetery

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Born:  March 20, 1842 at Sangerville, ME

Entered Service in the US Army from Dexter, ME

Earned The Medal of Honor During the Civil War For heroism November 07, 1863 at Rappahannock Station, VA

Died:  February 08, 1930 at the age of 87

Sergeant Otis Roberts was one of two men to earn the Medal of Honor for his heroic actions against a numerically superior Confederate force at Rappahannock Station, Virginia, where the rebel forces held a fortified semi-circle on the north bank of the rive on the night of November 7, 1863. In the darkness of that night, an assault was ordered on the enemy's works by a small force of about 250 men. Though vastly outnumbered, the Union soldiers attacked with such valor and daring that their charge in the darkness gave the impression to the enemy that their number was stronger than they were, compelling the rebels into confusion and defeat. The initial assault was then joined by other units in a route of the enemy force that resulted in the capture of eight battle flags, four pieces of artillery, and 1,600 prisoners. Sergeant Otis Roberts was cited for his capture of the flag of the 8th Louisiana Infantry (Confederate States of America), after engaging the color bearer in hand-to-hand combat. Captain Walter Morrill also earned the Medal of Honor in this battle.



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