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William C. Bryan



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.

Inglewood Cemetery
 Cremated (Ashes Interred at Unknown Location) 

Born:  September 09, 1852 at Zanesville, OH

Entered Service in the US Army from St. Louis, MO

Earned The Medal of Honor During the Indian Campaigns For heroism March 17, 1876 at Powder River, WY.

Died:  March 27, 1933 at the age of 80

Early in 1876 an expedition of cavalry under Colonel I.I. Fetterman was dispatched from Fort Fetterman to try and locate the main camp of the Sioux Indians. Despite temperatures of -40 degrees, the troopers endured the cold winter and finally found a large encampment at Otter Creek in the Powder River area. On March 17 a surprise attack routed the enemy camp, the Indians fleeing, and the soldiers capturing 800 ponies. Soon however, the retreating Indians realized they were numerically superior to the cavalry force and launched a major counterattack, recovered their ponies, and engaged the troopers in deadly combat that caused numerous casualties. Hospital Steward William Bryan's own horse was killed during the battle, but he valiantly continued to fight on foot. When two comrades fell wounded in an area heavily controlled by the attacking Indian force, he rushed to their aid and, alone and under severe fire, moved them to safety thus preventing their death or capture. Private William Bryan and Blacksmith Albert Glavinski also earned Medals of Honor in the March 17 engagement at Powder River.



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