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William H. Raymond



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:  May 30, 1844 at Penfield, NY

Entered Service in the US Army from Penfield, NY

Earned The Medal of Honor During the Civil War For heroism on July 03, 1863 at Gettysburg, PA

DIED:  December 07, 1916 at the age of 72

Corporal William Raymond was one of 63 men who was awarded the Medal of Honor for heroism in the battle at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, July 1 - 3, 1863. His company was one of two from the 108th New York Infantry that was sent forward of their position in Zeigler's Grove on the last day of the battle as advance skirmishers. While exchanging fire with Confederate skirmishers at the Bliss Farm, the Union forces began running low on ammunition. Corporal Raymond volunteered to get more and, though exposed to a heavy volume of fire from the rebel forces, made the dangerous trip to the main line to secure a crate of ammunition. Though no hit by the volleys of enemy bullets that were directed his way on this desperate missions, six bullet holes were later found in his uniform. After obtaining the needed ammunition, Corporal Raymond showed additional bravery by exposing himself to enemy fire to personally distribute cartridges up and down the embattled Union lines.



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