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Harry Leroy Hawthorne



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:  November 27, 1859 at Minnesota

Entered Service in the US Army from Kentucky

Earned The Medal of Honor During the Indian Campaigns For heroism on December 29, 1890 at Wounded Knee Creek, SD

DIED:  April 09, 1948 at the age of 88

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.



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