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Samuel Woods

 

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.

Oak Grove Cemetery

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Born:  1838 at San Francisco, CA

Entered Service in the US Navy from California

Earned The Medal of Honor During the Civil War For heroism April 14, 1863 aboard the USS Mount Washington at Nansemond River, VA.

Died:  May 23, 1885 at the age of 47

The U.S.S. Mount Washington was engaged by Confederate forces on the Nansemond River, Virginia, on April 14, 1863. After heavy fire which struck the ship's boilers and stopped her engines, the U.S.S. Mount Washington drifted against the bank, where enemy artillery and musket fire raked her decks for six hours. Four sailors, all of whom were attached to the crew of the U.S.S. Minnesota, received Medals of Honor for their heroism during this critical and dangerous battle. When one of his comrades was struck by a bullet and knocked overboard, Seaman Samuel Woods fearlessly jumped into the water and swam after him. Before he reached him, the man sank beneath the surface and Woods promptly swam back to the vessel, went to his gun, and fought it to the close of the action. At the close of the battle, he tirelessly cared for the wounded.

Also earning Medals of Honor in this action were Coxswain Robert Jordan, Coxswain Robert Wood, and Seaman Henry Thielberg.

 

 

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