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John G. Morrison



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)

Born:  November 03, 1842 at Ireland

Entered Service in the US Navy from Lansingburg, NY

Earned The Medal of Honor During the Civil War For heroism July 15, 1862 at Yazoo River, MS

Died:  June 09, 1897 at the age of 54

Serving on board the U.S.S. Carondelet, Coxswain John Morrison was commended for meritorious conduct in general and especially for his heroic conduct and his inspiring example to the crew in an engagement with the rebel ram Arkansas on the Yazoo River, on July 15, 1862. When the Carondelet was badly cut up, several of her crew killed, many wounded and others almost suffocated from the effects of escaped steam, Morrison was the leader when boarders were called on deck, and the first to return to the guns and give the ram a broadside as she passed. His presence of mind in time of battle or trial was reported as always conspicuous and encouraging.



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