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Isaac N. Fry



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.

Summit Hill Cemetery

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Born:   1839 at Lancaster, PA

Entered Service in the US Marine Corps from Philadelphia, PA

Earned The Medal of Honor During the Civil War For heroism January 13 - 15, 1865 at Fort Fisher, NC

Died:  1900 at the age of 60

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. On December 24 the Union Navy and Army made a combined assault on Fort Fisher, but were turned back after two days of fighting. The combined force returned on January 12, 1865, and engaged the fort in three days of combat from sea and land. Marine Orderly Sergeant Isaac Fry was one of seven sailors and Marines cited for action in the three-day period of January 13 -15, and these were joined by at least 30 additional men who earned Medals of Honor on January 15 when Fort Fisher was captured. Orderly Sergeant Fry was serving on board the U.S.S. as orderly sergeant of marine guard, and captain of a gun. He performed his duties with skill and courage as the Ticonderoga maintained a well-placed fire upon the batteries to the left of the palisades during the initial phases of the three-day battle, and thereafter, as she considerably lessened the firing power of guns on the mount which had been turned upon our assaulting columns. During this action the flag was planted on one of the strongest fortifications possessed by the rebels.



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