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Leonidas S. Lytle



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.

Memory Lane Cemetery

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Born:  September 04, 1846 at Warren County, PA

Entered Service in the US Army from Cleveland, OH

Earned The Medal of Honor During the Indian Campaigns For heroism July 08-11, 1873 at Fort Selden, NM

Died:  January 23, 1924 at the age of 77

In the summer of 1873 a band of renegade Indians attacked settlers at the Sheddo Ranch. Chaptain departed nearby Fort Selden on July 8 with ten men, and after four days and nights of pursuit, overtook the Indian force. In action with this band of Indians the soldiers killed three and captured twelve along with their horses and a mule. Sergeant Leonidas Lytle was one of five soldiers in this patrol who was cited for "Services against hostile Indians" and awarded the Medal of Honor. The force returned to Fort Selden on July 16 having marched 300 miles in seven days to complete their mission. Others earning Medals of Honor in this action were: First Sergeant James Morris, Sergeant Leonidas Lytle, Corporal Frank Bratling (Killed in Action, Private Henry Wills, and Blacksmith John Sheerin.



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