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William Hampden Sage



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:  April 06, 1858 at Centerville, NY

Entered Service in the US Army from Binghamton, NY

Earned The Medal of Honor During the Philippine Insurrection For heroism on June 13, 1899 at Zapote River, Luzon, Philippine Islands

DIED:  June 04, 1922 at the age of 64

The Battle of the Zapote River on June 13, 1899, pitted American soldiers against a Filipino force in a conventional face off. A division of two provisional brigades commanded by Brig. Gen. Loyd Wheaton and Gen. Samuel Ovenshine took separate routes south on June 10. The temperature was from 100 to 110 degrees in the sun, no was wind blowing, and the country was destitute of wells or springs, and covered by high grass. Both brigades met as planned about seven miles south of Manila. The battle opened when Companies F and I, 21st Infantry, were ambushed near Bacoor by 1,000 Filipinos. Fighting was intense and with their ammo exhausted, the infantrymen had to break through the enemy flank. Captain William Sage volunteered and with nine men, held an advance position against the 1,000-man Filipino force. With a rifle from a wounded soldier, and cartridges scrounged from others, Captain Sage led his nine men in a determined resistance, personally killing five enemy soldiers.



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