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Arthur MacArthur, Jr.

 

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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.
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y rest,
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Till the light of the dawn
    Shineth bright,
God is near, do not fear,
  Friend, good night.

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BORN:  June 02, 1845 at Springfield, MA

Entered Service in the US Army from Milwaukee, WI

Earned The Medal of Honor During the Civil War For heroism on November 25, 1863 at Missionary Ridge, TN

DIED:  September 05, 1912 at the age of 67

First Lieutenant Arthur MacArthur was one of twenty men cited for personal valor in the fighting in and around Chattanooga, Tennessee, November 24 & 25, 1863. On November 25 in action at Missionary Ridge where fifteen men earned Medals of Honor, Lieutenant MacArthur was in charge of the color detail of the 24th Wisconsin as they lead the attack on Missionary Ridge. When the soldier assigned to carry the battle flag fell to an enemy bayonet, another soldier rushed forward to hoist the flag. The roar of cannon fire filled the ridge and the second color bearer fell, decapitated by a cannon ball. Bloody and wounded, Lieutenant MacArthur retrieved the colors himself. Raising the already battle-scared flag high he turned to his troops with the shout "On Wisconsin!" and proceeded up the ridge. As MacArthur reached the summit he firmly planted the staff of the flag in the ground. Below him the advancing soldiers saw their flag, battered and scarred, waving in the breeze at the top of the precipice. Their hearts filled with inspiration, they surged forward, doing the improbable, achieving victory at Missionary Ridge.

 

 

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