Fading light dims the sight,
And a star gems the sky,
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, safely rest,
God is nigh.
Then good night, Peaceful night,
Till the light of the dawn
God is near, do not fear,
Friend, good night.
November 20, 1825 at
Service in the US Army from Columbus, OH
22, 1908 at the age of 83
Earned The Medal of Honor During the Indian Campaigns For
heroism January 17, 1873
at Lava Beds, CA
Late in 1872 a
Modoc chief called "Captain Jack" and sixty warriors,
refusing to relocate to their Oregon reservation, attacked a
small Army detachment at Lost River, then killed several White
settlers, before returning to the sanctuary of their native
land, 32 miles of volcanic caverns and cliffs at Lava Beds,
California. On January 17, 1973 Major John Green led a cavalry
detachment to dislodge the Modoc force and return them to the
reservation. Under cover of a heavy morning fog and confused in
the maze of natural fortifications in the Lava Beds, Major
Green's forces came under a blistering attack that killed or
wounded many soldiers and caused the remainder to break ranks
and lose combat discipline. As the fog lifted, Major Green was
so upset at his own men for their lack of discipline and
courage, began to walk back and forth along the line in full
view of the Modoc forces. As bullets whizzed past him, he
ignored them and shouted orders and words of encouragement to
his soldiers, slapping his gloves into his palm for emphasis.
(Later the Indians said Green's glove must have had
"magical powers" to shield him so effectively from
their fire. Cavalry Surgeon John Skinner also earned a Medal of
Honor in this action.