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James Snedden



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.

Odd Fellow Cemetery

Born:  September 19, 1849 at Edinburgh, Scotland

Entered Service in the US Army from Johnstown, PA

Earned The Medal of Honor During the Civil War For heroism June 05, 1864 at Piedmont, VA

Died:  June 14, 1919 at the age of 69

Shortly after breakfast on the Morning of June 5, 1864, Union forces at Piedmont, Virginia, launched an attack against the Confederate defenses in an area separated by no more than seventy-five yards of open field. Three men earned Medals of Honor in the fierce battle that followed. Musician James Snedden was ordered to take his other musicians to the rear during the attack, watch the battle, and then rejoin the regiment afterwards. When the opposing forces met, however, Musician Snedden left the rear and taking the rifle of a disabled soldier, joined in the assault over the enemy's works. "Over the works we went," he recalled, "and in a hand-to-hand fight drove the rebels slowly back, maintaining their line formation until they reached Middle River, where we took 1,500 prisoners. On the banks of the river I encountered a Confederate brigadier general and demanded his surrender, whereupon he reluctantly handed me his sword and two revolvers. I then marched my prisoner to the rear and reported to the brigade commander to whom I turned over the general and his sword."



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