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James Sumner

 

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.

Ventura Cemetery

Born:  1840 at London, England

Entered Service in the US Army from Chicago, IL

Earned The Medal of Honor During the Indian Campaigns For heroism October 20, 1869 at Chiricahua Mountains, AZ

Died:  July 05, 1912 at the age of 72

On October 5, 1868, a band of Apache Indians attacked a stage coach en route to Tucson under escort by four soldiers, killing the driver, passenger, and all four soldiers. Within hours of this attack, Cochise and his Indian band encountered a group of cowboys in the Sulphur Springs Valley. The Apaches attacked, killing one of the men and stealing the cattle. One man of that group managed to escape and fled to Ft. Bowie to ask for help. Lt. William H. Winters took a troop of Cavalry in pursuit of Cochise, and was joined en route by additional soldiers under Capt. Reuben Bernard while Cochise fled into his stronghold between Red Rock and Turtle Mountain, above Rucker Canyon. There the Cavalry encountered Cochise's warriors on October 20, 1869, in what became known as "The Campaign of the Rocky Mesa." Private James Sumner was one of thirty-two members of the 1st and 8th Cavalry cited for "Gallantry in action" in this major battle in the Chiricahua Mountains.

 

 

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