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.
1878 at Syracuse, NY
Entered Service in the US
Army from Detroit, MI
23, 1918 at the age of 40
The Medal of Honor During the Philippine Insurrection For
heroism on December 04, 1899 at Vigan, Luzon, Philippine
spring of 1898 until early the following year, most battles in
the Philippine Islands were sporadic ambushes of small American
patrols in the jungles, as the U.S. Army sought to root out the
rebel forces of Emilio Aguinaldo. In action at Vigan, Luzon,
Philippine Islands, on December 4, 1899, Private James McConnell
fought for hours, lying between two dead comrades. Despite the
fact that his hat and clothing were pierced by the hail of enemy
fire and his face cut by flying gravel from near misses, he
continued his heroic resistance.
Private McConnell was one of four soldiers who earned the Medal
of Honor at Vigan in this actions. The other men cited for
heroism were: Lieutenant Colonel Webb Cook Hayes, Lieutenant
Colonel James Parker, and Private Joseph Epps.