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William H. Brown



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.

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BORN:  1836 at Baltimore, MD

Entered Service in the US Navy from Maryland

Earned The Medal of Honor During the Civil War For heroism on August 05, 1864 at Mobile Bay, Fort Morgan, AL

DIED:  November 05, 1896 at the age of 60

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.



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