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Casper R. Carlisle



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.

Mount Lebanon Cemetery

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Born:  1841 at Allegheny County, PA

Entered Service in the US Army from Pittsburgh, PA

Earned The Medal of Honor During the Civil War For heroism July 02, 1863 at Gettysburg, PA

Died:  April 29, 1908 at the age of 67

Private Casper Carlisle was one of 63 men who was awarded the Medal of Honor for heroism in the battle at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, July 1 - 3, 1863. His battery was posted in the Peach Orchard against the rapidly advancing forces of Longstreet's Confederate Army. Under the heavy fire, Private Carlisle's battery was ordered to withdraw. Seeing that one of the guns was left behind in this action, Private Carlisle rushed back to help save the gun. Four of the gun's lead horses had been killed, another badly wounded, and all of the drivers were wounded. Private Carlisle and Captain Thompson disengaged the traces of the dead horses while under heavy enemy fire, then mounted the wheel horses and pulled the gun off the field, thereby saving the gun and wounded drivers from capture by the advancing rebels.



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