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Thomas Plunkett

 

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.

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Born:  1841 at Ireland

Entered Service in the US Army from West Boylston, MA

Earned The Medal of Honor During the Civil War For heroism December 11, 1862 at Fredericksburg, VA

Died:  March 10, 1885 at the age of 44

On December 11, 1862, in an engagement with Confederate forces at Fredericksburg, Virginia, Sergeant Thomas Plunkett seized the colors of his regiment after the color bearer was shot down. He then carried the colors to the front where, under a withering enemy fire, both of his arms were severed by an enemy shell. Two days later, on December 13, eighteen of Sergeant Plunkett's fellow soldiers earned Medals of Honor during heavy fighting at Fredericksburg.

 

 

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