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James M. Seitzinger

 

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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.

Christ Church Cemetery

Born:  November 24, 1846 at Germany

Entered Service in the US Army from Worcester, PA

Earned The Medal of Honor During the Civil War For heroism June 03, 1864 at Cold Harbor, VA

Died:  January 14, 1924 at the age of 77

On June 1, 1864, following the battles at Spotsylvania, General Grant launched a fierce assault at Cold Harbor, Virginia, against the well entrenched and fortified Confederate forces under General Lee. From June 1 - 3 the Union forces repeatedly assaulted the enemy in an action Grant later admitted was an ill-advised offensive that cost him 13,000 casualties as compared to only 1,700 enemy casualties. On the first day of the battle at Cold Harbor the color bearer of the 116th Pennsylvania Infantry was shot down. Private James Seitzinger earned the Medal of Honor for his heroism in rushing forward where he seized the colors, and then gallantly bore them at the head of his regiment in their charge on the enemy position. He was one of eight men awarded the Medal of Honor for heroism on the first day of battle.

 

 

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