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.
March 10, 1838 at Ireland
Service in the US Navy from Michigan
18, 1912 at the age of 74
Earned The Medal of Honor During the Civil War For heroism
August 05, 1864 at Mobile Bay, AL - Forts Jackson
& St. Philip, New Orleans, LA
On August 5,
Union Admiral David Farragut's Union fleet of eighteen ships
entered Mobile Bay, Alabama, and received a devastating fire
from Forts Gaines and Morgan and other points. His wooden ships
fought valiantly under this devastating fire as well as shells
from the rebel gunboats and the ironclad ram Tennessee. After
passing the forts, Farragut forced the Confederate naval forces
under Admiral Buchanan, to surrender, along with the prized ram
Tennessee. Fort Morgan was destroyed and this action effectively
closed Mobile Bay as a Confederate port, making the action one
of the greatest Naval victories of the war. Ninety sailors and
eight Marines were awarded Medals of Honor, the most for any
single day in history. Twenty-nine crewmen of the U.S.S.
Richmond were numbered among these heroes, including Chief
Quartermaster Cornelius Cronin. Cool and vigilant at his station
throughout the prolonged action, Cronin watched for signals and
skillfully steered the ship as she trained her guns on Fort
Morgan and on the enemy ships despite extremely heavy return
fire. He participated in the actions at Forts Jackson and St.
Philip, with the Chalmette batteries, at the surrender of New
Orleans, and in the attacks on batteries below Vicksburg.