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John Shapland



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.

Greenwood Cemetery

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Born:  March 04, 1832 at Barnstable, England

Entered Service in the US Army from Ottawa, IL

Earned The Medal of Honor During the Civil War For heroism July 02, 1863 at Elk River, TN

Died:  February 05, 1923 at the age of 90

On July 2, 1863, while Union Forces were heavily engaged in the Gettysburg Battle, far south at Elk River, Tennessee, seven men of the 104th Illinois Infantry earned Medals of Honor for heroic actions after rebel forces established a fort on the banks of the river. General John Beatty believed it critical to the Union advance to take the stockade and asked Sergeant George Marsh a squad of volunteers in what seemed a suicidal assault on the enemy fort. Sergeant Marsh recalled, "Many offered to go, but I took the first ten who stepped forward, and started for the fortification." Private John Shapland was one of seven soldiers including Sergeant Marsh (out of the total of eleven men involved in the action), to be awarded the Medal of Honor years after the heroic deed. The other four men were not identified, hence only seven Medals were awarded for that fearless charge in which, under a heavy fire, the brave volunteers charged across the field under heavy fire, entered the stockade and engaged the enemy. Sergeant Marsh recalled, "No one who saw us go into the fight expected to see us come out alive, but we did, and without the loss of a man. The fort was quickly captured, due the great heroism of these soldiers.



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