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William Rufus Shafter



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.

San Francisco National Cemetery

Born:  October 16, 1835 at Kalamazoo, MI

Entered Service in the US Army from Galesburg, MI

Earned The Medal of Honor During the Civil War For heroism May 31, 1862 at Fair Oaks, VA

Died:  November 12, 1906 at the age of 71

First Lieutenant William Shafter was one of nine men who was awarded the Medal of Honor for heroism during a two-day engagement with Confederate forces at Fair Oaks, Virginia, on May 31 and June 1, 1862. On May 31 Lieutenant Shafter was engaged in bridge construction and not being needed there, returned with his men to engage the enemy participating in a charge across an open field that resulted in casualties to 18 of the 22 men. At the close of the battle his horse was shot from under him and he was severely flesh wounded. He remained on the field that day and stayed to fight the next day only by concealing his wounds. In order not to be sent home with the wounded Lieutenant Shafter kept his wounds concealed for another three days until other wounded had left the area.



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