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John H. Ferrell



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.

Price Cemetery

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Born:  April 15, 1829 at Bedford County, TN

Entered Service as a civilian in the US Navy from Illinois

Earned The Medal of Honor During the Civil War For heroism December 06, 1864 at Bells Mills, Cumberland River, near Nashville, TN

Died:  April 17, 1900 at the age of 71

Civilian pilot John Ferrell was one of two men of the U.S. Navy to earn the Medal of Honor in action aboard the U.S. Monitor Neosho during the engagement with enemy batteries at Bells Mills, Cumberland River, near Nashville, Tennessee, on December 6, 1864. Carrying out his duties courageously during the engagement, Mr. Ferrell gallantly left the pilot house after the flag and signal staffs of that vessel had been shot away and, taking the flag which was drooping over the wheelhouse, made it fast to the stump of the highest mast remaining, although the ship was still under a heavy fire from the enemy. Quartermaster John Ditzenback also earned the Medal of Honor in this action.



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