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William Henry Harrison Crosier



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.

Oakwood Cemetery

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Born:  May 05, 1844 at Skaneateles, NY

Entered Service in the US Army from Skaneateles, NY

Earned The Medal of Honor During the Civil War For heroism July 20, 1864 at Peach Tree Creek, GA

Died:  March 14, 1903 at the age of 58

Sergeant William Crosier was one of four men who earned Medals of Honor for their heroism in action against Confederate forces at Peach Tree Creek, Georgia, on July 20, 1864. He was cited for his valor in protecting the flag of his regiment. Ambushed and severely wounded, he braved the enemy fire and the pain from his wounds to strip the flag from its staff and then bring them safely back into the Union lines. "We were far ahead of the main line," he recalled of that action, "trying to establish the advanced position, when the fight began. The regiments were sent in, one at a time, to check the advance of the enemy, and were literally wiped out as they were struck. Then came movements never to be forgotten. My six color guards having all been shot down within six feet from where I stood, I found myself alone, unarmed, with Confederates storming all around me and demanding my flag. I cried to them to take it, if they could, and swiftly tearing the flag off the staff, stuffed it under my shirt and retreated, leaving my flag staff behind."



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