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George Greenville Benedict



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.

Greenmount Cemetery

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Born:  December 10, 1826 at Burlington, VT

Entered Service in the US Army from Burlington, VT

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

Died:  April 08, 1907 at the age of 80

Second Lieutenant George Benedict was one of 63 men who was awarded the Medal of Honor for heroism in the battle at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, July 1 - 3, 1863. During Pickett's Charge on the last day of the battle, the 13th and 16th Vermont Infantry advanced to the front in a flanking movement on Pickett's forces. While this was happening, Lieutenant Benedict braved a murderous fire of grape and canister to deliver orders on the field. When the 13th Vermont wheeled to fire into Pickett's flank, many over-eager Union soldiers bunched up four to eight files deep. Heedless of the continuing rain of enemy fire, Lieutenant Benedict walked calmly along the line with his back to the enemy until he had straightened out the Union line and reformed them properly for combat.



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