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.
May 04, 1845 at Baltimore, MD
Entered Service in the US
Army from Maryland
12, 1932 at the age of 87
The Medal of Honor During the Indian Campaigns For heroism on
January 17, 1873 at Lava Beds, CA
Late in 1872 a
Modoc chief called "Captain Jack" and sixty warriors,
refusing to relocate to their Oregon reservation, attacked a
small Army detachment at Lost River, then killed several White
settlers, before returning to the sanctuary of their native
land, 32 miles of volcanic caverns and cliffs at Lava Beds,
California. On January 17, 1973 Major John Green led a cavalry
detachment to dislodge the Modoc force and return them to the
reservation. Under cover of a heavy morning fog and confused in
the maze of natural fortifications in the Lava Beds, Major
Green's forces came under a blistering attack that killed or
wounded many soldiers and caused the remainder to break ranks
and lose combat discipline. Two soldiers made a valiant but
unsuccessful attempt to rescue a wounded soldier who lay under a
close and heavy fire, both of them being wounded in the effort.
Despite the previous failures with its consequences, and
heedless of the continuing fire from the hidden Modoc warriors,
Contract Surgeon John Skinner left shelter to rescue the wounded
soldier. Major John Green was also awarded the Medal of Honor in