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Edmund Rice



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:  December 02, 1842 at Brighton, MA

Entered Service in the US Army from Cambridge, MA

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

DIED:  July 20, 1906 at the age of 63

Major Edmund Rice was one of 63 men who was awarded the Medal of Honor for heroism in the battle at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, July 1 - 3, 1863. At the opening of the battle on the final day, Major Rice's regiment was held in reserve behind the crest of Cemetery Ridge and south of the Copse of Trees. At the climax of Pickett's Charge, when General Armistead led his men over the stone wall and into the Union lines, Major Rice led his regiment into action. At the head of the regiment he lead a daring countercharge. Though he was almost immediately wounded, Major Rice ignored his pain and loss of blood to remain on the field and command his men until the enemy forces had been routed.



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