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George Washington Healey



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.

Linwood Cemetery

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Born:  February 22, 1842 at Dubuque, IA

Entered Service in the US Army from Dubuque, IA

Earned The Medal of Honor During the Civil War For heroism July 29, 1864 at Newnan, GA

Died:  May 09, 1913 at the age of 71

Surrounded by the enemy in a battle near Newnan, Georgia, on July 29, 1864, Private George Healey, assisted by Private Oscar Martin, captured a Confederate soldier. In the act ion that followed, he later recalled his heroic capture of four additional rebel soldiers. "As we were about to resume our march, we heard men talking. We got behind a tree and the next minute four Confederates came, trailing in Indian fashion, towards us. Martin and I stepped from behind the trees and covered them. I ordered: 'Halt! Drop those guns!' but had to repeat the command before they obeyed. I then marched them some fifty feet, halted them, and ordered one man to advance at a time, when Martin and I relieved them of their revolvers, holsters and belts. Next, while Martin kept guard, I went back, removed the cartridges from the rifles they had dropped and returned the empty guns to them. We moved toward our lines and reached them without further interruption, where we turned our five prisoners over to General McCook who paid us a high compliment. For his actions, Private Healey was awarded the Medal of Honor. Private Martin was later killed, and never did receive the same award.



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