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Michael A. McGann



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.

Calvary Cemetery

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Born:  June 11, 1845 at County Roscommon, Ireland

Entered Service in the US Army from St. Louis, MO

Earned The Medal of Honor During the Indian Campaigns For heroism June 17, 1876 at Rosebud River, MT.

Died:  September 27, 1918 at the age of 73

On June 16, 1876, General Crook sent 800 cavalry troopers and 200 Crow Indians to engage the hostile Sioux at their main camp along the Rosebud River in Montana. The Sioux force encountered in the Rosebud River battle the following day pitted this force against more than 3,000 hostile Indian warriors, but the determined soldiers routed the Sioux and pushed them back five miles. Michael McGann was one of three First Sergeants to earn the Medal of Honor in this battle, during which the senior non-coms were conspicuous by their examples of leadership and courage. First Sergeant McGann was cited for "Gallantry in action." Medals of Honor were also earned by First Sergeants Joseph Robinson and John Shingle. Trumpeteer Elmer Snow also earned the Medal of Honor during this battle.

Very Special Thanks to Lawrence Hildebrand and Larry Luna for the extensive work that went into locating this grave site. Efforts are now underway to have it properly marked.


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