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Nelson W. Ward



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.

Sunnyside Cemetery

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Born:  November 20, 1837 at Madison Township, OH

Entered Service in the US Army from Rutland, OH

Earned The Medal of Honor During the Civil War For heroism June 25, 1864 at Staunton River Bridge, VA

Died:  February 05, 1929 at the age of 91

On June 25, 1864, a small Union force was sent to the Staunton River to destroy a railroad bridge south of Burke's Junction, Virginia. There they were met by an overwhelming number of enemy, strongly entrenched on the south side of the river. The colonel in charge hesitated in the face of such opposition, and Captain Gerard Reynold finally gave the order to charge. They were his last words, for the brave captain fell dead even as his men rushed forward. "With our company commander dead, our regimental commander skulking, it was not singular that the men wavered under the shower of shot and shell," recalled Private Nelson Ward, who then formed the men and led them in the assault. "It was an awful slaughter and a hopeless effort. With but two of us left, we started back for the dry bed depression. On the way I found the dead body of my captain, and stopping, I knelt down to secure his money, watch, revolver and spur. I remained fully twenty minutes at his side, endeavoring to procure assistance to carry the corpse off the field. Bullets struck Private Ward's boot and pierced his shirt, but he remained with his dead captain until forced to pull back, whereupon he turned over the personal effects to be sent home.



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