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Jacob George Orth

 

TAPS

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.

West Laurel Hill Cemetery

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Born:  November 25, 1837 at Philadelphia, PA

Entered Service in the US Army from Philadelphia, PA

Earned The Medal of Honor During the Civil War For heroism September 17, 1862 at Antietam, MD

Died:  September 11, 1907 at the age of 69

From dawn to dusk on September 17, 1862, General Lee's outnumbered Confederate forces fought desperately against the Union Army under General George McClellan at Antietam, Maryland in one of the deadliest battles of the Civil War. More than 20,000 men were killed in the day-long fight, and twenty Union soldiers served with such courage and distinction that they were awarded the Medal of Honor. Among these heroes was Corporal Jacob Orth who with great valor, captured the flag of the 7th South Carolina Infantry (Confederate States of America), in hand-to-hand encounter, although he was wounded in the shoulder.

 

 

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