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 27, 1859 at Minnesota
Entered Service in the US
Army from Kentucky
09, 1948 at the age of 88
The Medal of Honor During the Indian Campaigns For heroism on
December 29, 1890 at Wounded Knee Creek, SD
On the morning
of December 29, 1890, the Sioux chief Big Foot and some 350 of
his followers camped on the banks of Wounded Knee creek, a
tributary of the White River. Surrounding their camp was a force
of U.S. troops charged with the responsibility of arresting Big
Foot and disarming his warriors. In a frantic attempt to return
to their glory days, many Sioux sought deliverance in a new
mysticism preached by a Paiute shaman called Wovoka, and fought
fiercely believing that their "Ghost Shirts" would
protect them from the bluecoats' bullets. In the savage battle
twenty-four soldiers distinguished themselves to the degree that
they were awarded the Medal of Honor. Second Lieutenant Harry
Hawthorne was cited simply for his "Distinguished conduct
in battle with hostile Indians" during the fierce fighting,
during which he was severely wounded.