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Jacob E. Swap

 

TAPS

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.

Evergreen Cemetery

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Born:  August 12, 1846 at Coeymans, NY

Entered Service in the US Army from Springs, PA

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

Died:  January 22, 1925 at the age of 78

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". In the last week of April Private Jacob Swap was placed on the sick list and ordered to report to the hospital. Instead he made a three day ride to catch up with his unit as it advanced towards Richmond, where he secured a gun and cartridge box until a lieutenant recognized him, took both, and again ordered him to the rear. Again he refused to obey orders, rejoining his unit at the front just as they were unslinging their packs to engage the rebel forces at the Wilderness. Again he was recognized, and this time ordered to remain behind and guard the packs. When his regiment's charge was repulsed and thrown back, Private Swap again disregarded orders and asked if any of the retreating men had a gun for him. With the rifle given him by another, he then joined in the charge and continued to fight until he was wounded five times three days later at Spotsylvania.

 

 

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