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.
November 19, 1851 at Nashville, TN
Entered Service in the US
Army from New York, NY
24, 1925 at the age of 73
The Medal of Honor During the Indian Campaigns For heroism on
August 30, 1881 at Cibicu, AZ
On August 30,
1881, a party of mounted Indians approached the Cavalry camp along
the Cibicu Creek in Arizona. Captain E. C. Hentig, seeking to
avoid confrontation, urged the Indian party to go away, when one
warrior opened fire. The cavalrymen were on foot, not expecting a
fight, and were caught unprepared. Captain Hentig and his orderly
fell in the initial volley. While Lieutenant William Carter began
the dangerous work of recovering the dead and wounded and dragging
them back to the relative safety of the camp, Sergeant Alonzo
Bowman voluntarily mounted an attack, leading his small group of
dis-mounted cavalrymen in the charge against more than 100
Indians. Both Sergeant Bowman and Lieutenant Carter were awarded
the Medal of Honor for their separate acts of heroism in this
battle. Private Richard Heartery was also awarded the Medal of
Honor for his own heroism in action against the numerically
superior hostile force.