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John P. Erickson

 

TAPS

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.

The Green Wood Cemetery



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Born:  1826 at London, England

Entered Service in the US Navy from Brooklyn, NY

Earned The Medal of Honor During the Civil War For heroism December 24, 1864 to February 22, 1865 at Fort Fisher and Wilmington, NC.

Died:  August 2, 1907 at the age of 81

By the end of the year 1864, Wilmington was the South’s last open seaport on the Atlantic coast and was protected by Fort Fisher in North Carolina. At least sixty-nine Medals of Honor were earned in two engagements against Fort Fisher, more than thirty in the initial two-day unsuccessful combined Army/Navy attack in December 1864. Seven men of the U.S.S. Pontoosuc, including Captain of the Forecastle John Erickson, were cited for their distinguished actions in both first attack on Fort Fisher and the subsequent victory the following January, as well as for their service in the subsequent actions at Wilmington, North Carolina. Captain of the Forecastle Erickson was awarded the Medal of Honor for carrying out his duties faithfully during this period, and was recommended for gallantry and skill and for his cool courage while under the fire of the enemy throughout these various actions.

 

 

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