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Andrew Jackson Tozier



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.

Litchfield Plains Cemetery

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Born:  February 11, 1838 at Monmouth, ME

Entered Service in the US Army from Bangor, ME

Earned The Medal of Honor During the Civil War For heroism July 02, 1863 at Gettysburg, PA

Died:  March 28, 1910 at the age of 72

Sergeant Andrew Tozier was one of 63 men who was awarded the Medal of Honor for heroism in the battle at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, July 1 - 3, 1863. A color bearer for the 20th Maine, in position on Little Round top at the extreme left of the Union line, Sergeant Tozier and his comrades bore the brunt of repeated rebel assaults. Later his commander, Colonel Joshua Chamberlain recalled a critical moment in those battles: "When our whole center was for a moment broken and the enemy seemed about to overpower us, I saw…Sergeant Tozier standing alone at his advanced post…the color staff rested on the ground and supported in the hollow of his shoulder, while with a musket and cartridge box he had picked up at his feet, he was defending his color, presenting a figure which seemed to have paralyzed the enemy in front of him, who might otherwise have captured the color." A short time later the 20th Maine, ammunition nearly gone, rallied around Sergeant Tozier and his flag to make their daring and now-famous bayonet charge.



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