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Edmund English



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.

Old Cathedral Cemetery

Born:  November 16, 1844 at New York, NY

Entered Service in the US Army from Newark, NJ

Earned The Medal of Honor During the Civil War For heroism May 06, 1864 at Wilderness Campaign, VA

Died:  May 27, 1912 at the age of 67

In May 1864 after assuming command of the Union Army, General Grant launched his offensive against Confederate General Robert E. Lee, marching towards Richmond, Virginia. By May 5 most of Grant's army had crossed the Rapidan River, where for three days they engaged the Confederate forces in the opening battles of the "Wilderness Campaign". On the second day of that battle the fierce enemy resistance forced the Union soldiers to fall back in a panic, following which an order for retreat was given. First Sergeant Edmund English shouted, "Is there nobody to make a stand? This is disgraceful!" Then, in defiance of the order to retreat, he seized the colors of his regiment and proceed to the front of the men where he waved them and shouted, "Here, boys! Stand here! At least a few of us should stem the tide!" The courage and determination of first Sergeant English inspired the frightened men who gathered around him, charged, and not only "stemmed the tide" but repulsed and drove the attacking rebels back in wild confusion.


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