Fading light dims the sight,
And a star gems the sky,
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, safely rest,
God is nigh.
Then good night, Peaceful night,
Till the light of the dawn
God is near, do not fear,
Friend, good night.
1838 at Hamilton, OH
Service in the US Army from Jackson, OH
26, 1890 at the age of 52
Earned The Medal of Honor During the Civil War For heroism
April, 1862 at Andrew's Raiders, GA
In April 1862
General Mitchell and General Buell tasked 22 volunteers
(including 2 civilians) under the leadership of James Andrews,
with a daring raid. The men, later known as "Andrews'
Raiders" penetrated 200 miles into enemy territory to
capture a railroad train at Big Shanty, Georgia. Their mission
was to destroy vital railroad lines and bridges between
Chattanooga and Atlanta to disrupt movement of Confederate
soldiers and supplies. Only partially successful, their capture
of the locomotive "The General" resulted in a nearly
100 mile race that became known as "The Great Locomotive
Chase". Private Wollam was one of these raiders, traveling
in a small group for four days to reach Big Shanty and then
joining the reunited group in the daring sabotage mission. In
the ensuing race, a limited amount of damage was accomplished to
bridges and rail lines, and in the end all members of the
Andrew's Raid were captured and confined in Confederate prisons.
On June 7th James Andrews was hanged as a spy, and on the 18th
seven more raiders (including the civilian members) were hanged.
Fourteen raiders later escaped their prison camp. Wollam was 1
of 8 recaptured and returned to prison.