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Solomon J. Hottenstine
Solomon J. Jottenstein



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.

Manassas Cemetery

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Born:  May 05, 1844 at Lehigh County, PA

Entered Service in the US Army from Philadelphia, PA

Earned The Medal of Honor During the Civil War For heroism August 19, 1864 at Petersburg & Norfolk Railroad, VA

Died:  May 24, 1896 at the age of 52

On August 18, 1864, the Union Corps descended on the Weldon Railroad in Virginia, driving off the Confederate pickets. The following day the rebels returned in force in an effort to dislodge the Federal forces in an all day battle during which, at one point, the 107th Pennsylvania Infantry was surrounded and virtually captured. Through a clever ruse, Private Solomon Hottenstine deceived the rebel force and robbed them of their victory, saving his regiment. Seeing a Confederate color bearer, he ran up to the man and said, "Give me that flag!" When the enemy color bearer complied, Private Hottenstine raised the enemy flag above his and shouting, "Come on boys; follow me," and headed for the Union lines followed by his comrades. Several hundred Confederate troops, in a state of confusion, fell in behind to follow their flag as Private Hottenstine led both friend and foe directly into the lines of the Union forces where, upon realizing their error, the Confederates had no other option than to surrender. In continued fighting from August 19 to 21, ten men earned Medals of Honor at the Weldon Railroad.



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