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James Drury



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.

St. Peter's Cemetery

Born:  August 15, 1835 at Limerick, Ireland

Entered Service in the US Army from Chester, VT

Earned The Medal of Honor During the Civil War For heroism June 23, 1864 at Weldon Railroad, VA

Died:  December 25, 1919 at the age of 84

On June 23, 1864, the 600 men of the 4th and 16th Vermont Infantry were destroying the Weldon Railroad in Virginia when they were surrounded by General Mahone's Division of 3,000 Confederate troops. Sergeant James Drury was a color bearer, and when it seemed there was no hope left his commanding officer advised him that it looked as if their colors might be captured. "They will have to kill this Irishman before they get it," he valiantly replied. The officer ;pointed to a road which offered a slim chance of escape, and wrapping the flag around the staff, Sergeant Drury told the men of his regiment, "Boy's I'm going to save this flag or die in the attempt," then with two comrades, headed down the road. The trio was halted by Confederates who killed one man, but Sergeant Drury and his remaining companion, Private Wilson, ran as fast as they could until they reached the timber. Under cover of night they hid in the woods until daybreak, when they located the Union pickets and joined them, thus saving the flag from being captured.



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