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Marcus A. Hanna



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.

Mount Pleasant Cemetery

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Born:  November 03, 1842 at Bristol, ME

Entered Service in the US Army from Rockport, MA

Earned The Medal of Honor During the Civil War For heroism July 04, 1863 at Port Hudson, LA

Died:  December 12, 1921 at the age of 79

Four days before the surrender of Port Hudson, Louisiana, Sergeant Marcus Hanna and his comrades from the 50th Massachusetts Infantry were placed in rifle pits to support a New York Battery. The day was hot and by noon the men were suffering from thirst. With the Confederate troops on alert and holding the high position not far from the gun pits, it was nearly impossible to re-supply the men with water, and by 2:30 in the afternoon the situation became unbearable. Sergeant Hanna volunteered to go for water and asked for volunteers to accompany him in the dangerous trek, but no one offered to join him. To draw enemy fire he rigged a dummy to raise above the rifle pit at the same moment he sprang to his feet with more than a dozen canteens strapped around him. Amid a hail of fire, Sergeant Hanna sprinted across 500 yards of open ground but soon realized he couldn't make it. He fell to the ground and feinted death until the firing halted, then sprang again to his feet and raced for the trees. He traveled half-a-mile to water, filled the canteens, and then returned to his comrades across the same fire-swept clearing to relieve their thirst and enable them to continue to man their positions.



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