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Louis Palma DiCesnola



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.

Kensico Cemetery

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Born:  June 29, 1832 at Rivarola, Piedmont, Italy

Entered Service in the US Army from New York, NY

Earned The Medal of Honor During the Civil War For heroism June 17, 1863 at Aldie, VA

Died:  November 20, 1904 at the age of 72

Colonel Louis DiCesnola was under arrest at Aldie, Virginia, when his regiment went on the attack on June 17, 1863, and was met with a withering fire from the enemy forces. Seeing his regiment falling back, Colonel DiCesnola rushed to the field of battle where he rallied his men and, unarmed as a result of his earlier detainment, gallantly led them in a second charge. The gallantry of Colonel Palma was evident and in recognition thereof, he was released from arrest. He continued to lead and fight at the head of his regiment throughout the action at Aldie until he was severely wounded and captured by the rebel forces.



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