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Joseph C. Hibson

 

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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 Cemetery (Private)
  Unmarked Grave, Locust Grove Section, 14142-45  

Born:  August 03, 1843 at London, England

Entered Service in the US Army from New York, NY

Earned The Medal of Honor During the Civil War For heroism July 13 - 14 & 18, 1863 at Fort Wagner, SC

Died:  April 14, 1911 at the age of 67

Private Joseph Hibson, a Bugler, earned the Medal of Honor for three separate acts of heroism over the span of a week during the bombardment of Fort Wagner, South Carolina. On July 13 he voluntarily took the place in the line of a sick comrade. After midnight infiltrating rebels bayoneted Daniel Kane, his comrade on guard duty, and demanded Private Hibson's surrender. Hibson instead killed his attacker. The next night he volunteered to join Lieutenant Edwards on a reconnaissance but the two became separated in the darkness. Alone Private Hibson penetrated the enemy lines and returned with important information. On July 18 during the charge on Fort Wagner, Color Sergeant George Sparks was wounded all the Color Guard either killed or wounded. Though wounded in the arm, Private Hibson carried word to the Union troops to cease fire and then rescued the flag at the same moment the Confederates charged.. He lifted the flag with his one good arm and continued throughout the engagement though again twice wounded, once in the head and again in the arm. Also earning Medals of Honor at Fort Wagner were First Sergeant Charles Holton and Sergeant William Carney.

 

 

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