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Andrew Traynor



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.

Forest Lawn Cemetery

Born:  February 09, 1843 at Newark, NJ

Entered Service in the US Army from Rome, NY

Earned The Medal of Honor During the Civil War For heroism March 16, 1864 at Mason's Hill, VA

Died:  July 06, 1920 at the age of 77

On March 16, 1864, while scouting with a companion near Mason's Hill, Virginia, Corporal Andrew Traynor was captured by a detachment of rebel guerrillas and held with four companions and a civilian whose team and wagon had also been captured. While under guard, Corporal Traynor indicated to his fellow prisoners that he intended to escape, "Telling my companions to watch me closely and keep by my side. Selecting an opportune moment, I sprang at the two guards, and before they could fire their guns or otherwise give a signal, I was engaged in a sharp struggle with both. They were able bodied men, but my attack had been so sudden and well directed that almost in an instant I had both their guns and had handed one to the civilian, who had kept right at my elbow. Just then the other two guerrillas returned hastily and before they could realize the situation the civilian and I both fired, each one dropping a man. At this moment the two disarmed guerrillas made their escape in one directions, while my five companions and myself made our escape in an opposite direction." For his heroism in this action, Corporal Traynor was awarded the Medal of Honor.



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