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.
1836 at Baltimore, MD
Entered Service in the US
Navy from Maryland
05, 1896 at the age of 60
The Medal of Honor During the Civil War For heroism on August
05, 1864 at Mobile Bay, Fort Morgan, AL
On August 5,
Union Admiral David Farragut's Union fleet of eighteen ships
entered Mobile Bay, Alabama, and received a devastating fire from
Forts Gaines and Morgan and other points. Admiral Farragut's
wooden ships fought valiantly under this devastating fire as well
as shells from the rebel gunboats and the ironclad ram Tennessee.
After passing the forts, Farragut forced the Confederate naval
forces under Admiral Franklin Buchanan, to surrender, along with
the prized ram Tennessee. Fort Morgan was destroyed and this
action effectively closed Mobile Bay as a Confederate port, making
the action one of the greatest Naval victories of the war. Ninety
sailors and eight Marines were awarded Medals of Honor in this
battle, the most for any single day in the award's history.
Twenty-three crewmen of the U.S.S. Brooklyn were numbered among
these heroes, including Landsman William Brown. Stationed in the
immediate vicinity of the shell whips which were twice cleared of
men by bursting shells, Landsman Brown remained steadfast at his
post and performed his duties in the powder division throughout
the furious action.