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.
October 09, 1844 at Baltimore, MD
Entered Service in the US
Navy from Maryland
23, 1917 at the age of 72
The Medal of Honor During the Civil War For heroism on August
05, 1864 at Mobile Bay, 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 history. Twelve crewmen of
the flagship, U.S.S. Hartford were numbered among these heroes,
including Ordinary Seaman Bartholomew Diggins. Despite damage to
his ship and the loss of several men on board as enemy fire raked
her decks, Ordinary Seaman Diggins, as loader of a gun, remained
steadfast at his post throughout the furious two-hour battle.