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.
April 28, 1839 at Baden, Germany
Entered Service in the US
Army from Boston, MA
20, 1924 at the age of 85
The Medal of Honor During the Civil War For heroism on July,
1863 at Millerstown, PA
Schwenk was one of 63 men who was awarded the Medal of Honor for
heroism in the battle at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, July 1 - 3,
1863. On the last day of that battle, the 6th U.S. Cavalry rode to
Fairfield, Pennsylvania, to investigate a report of an unescorted
rebel wagon train. North of the city the Union forces were
ambushed by the 7th Virginia Cavalry but repulsed the rebel
forces. General William Jones' Confederate Cavalry Brigade
launched a renewed assault, overwhelming the Union Forces. During
the battle that followed Sergeant Schwenk displayed repeated
bravery, first my attempting to ride through the fusillade of both
friendly and enemy fire to carry important battle orders. Later in
the day, in heavy fighting that inflicted 242 casualties and a sad
defeat to the men of the 6th Cavalry, Sergeant Schwenk rescued an
officer who had been taken by the enemy.