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David A. Matthews



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.

St. John's Cemetery

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Born:  March 07, 1847 at Boston, MA

Entered Service in the US Army from Boston, MA

Earned The Medal of Honor During the Indian Campaigns For heroism 1868 & 1869 at Arizona

Died:  September 12, 1923 at the age of 76

Corporal David Matthews was one of 8 members of the 8th US Cavalry (5 from Company E and 3 from Company K), to be cited for "Bravery in scouts and actions against Indians" during the Arizona campaign from 1868 and 1869. All eight men received their awards on September 6, 1869. (The other 7 members of this group include: Francis Green, Jacob Gunther, James McNally, John Moriarity, Samuel Richman, Otto Smith, and Wilbur Taylor) 

[Three men of Company B, 8th US Cavalry were similarly cited, with the exception that their citations credit the period ONLY to the year 1868. They are: Patrick Burke, Heinrich Bertram, and James Brophy. These three men also received their medals on July 4, 1869 - two months earlier.]



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