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Harvey May Munsell

 

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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.

Mount Auburn Cemetery

Born:  January 05, 1843 at Painted Post, NY

Entered Service in the US Army from Philadelphia, PA

Earned The Medal of Honor During the Civil War For heroism July 01 - 03, 1863 at Gettysburg, PA

Died:  February 09, 1913 at the age of 70

Sergeant Harvey Munsell served as a color bearer and carried the colors of his regiment through thirteen engagements. He was one of 63 men who was awarded the Medal of Honor for heroism in the battle at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, July 1 - 3, 1863, and was cited for his heroism over all three days of that battle. During many of the enemy's charges in the battle at Devil's Den on July 2, all of the regiment's color guards were killed or wounded with the exception of Sergeant Munsell. In the next charge he advanced with the National Colors, though without the protection of any color guard. A shell exploded directly in front of him and knocked him to the ground. He hid the flag under his body as the Confederates stormed the fallen Union soldiers. The 99th Pennsylvania fell back before the enemy charge, believing their color bearer was dead and the flag captured. Sergeant Munsell remained motionless as he was near enemy lines, leaving the impression he was indeed dead. When his regiment mounted a counterattack, rushing past his prostrate body to attack the rebel forces, Sergeant Munsell leaped to his feet and joined them in the charge.

 

 

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