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Edward P. Grimes



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.

Cypress Hills National Cemetery

Born:  May 18, 1848 at Dover, NH

Entered Service in the US Army from Boston, MA

Earned The Medal of Honor During the Indian Campaigns For heroism September 29 - October 05, 1879 at Milk River, CO

Died:  June 17, 1913 at the age of 65

After what appeared to be successful negotiations with five chiefs at the White River Agency in efforts to avoid hostility, the cavalry encountered a large Indian force on September 29, 1879. Major Thornburg again opened negotiations, but talks broke down and turned into gunfire. The cavalry troops were pushed back towards their wagon train at Milk River, and serious fighting continued throughout the day. Sergeant Edward Grimes, along with Corporal Edward Murphy and Blacksmith Wilhelm Philipsen voluntarily dismounted and remained behind to cover the retreat of the troop to the wagon train, fighting fiercely though many men were wounded and they were surrounded on three sides. Sergeant Grimes, despite this serious situation, also voluntarily brought up a supply of badly needed ammunition under point-blank fire. These three men were among the eleven soldiers who earned the Medal of Honor during the three-day battle. A twelfth was awarded for the final action in the White River Agency/Milk River battle on October 20.



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