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Charles L. Thomas



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.

Dwight-Morris Cemetery

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Born:  February 12, 1843 at Philadelphia, PA

Entered Service in the US Army from Cincinnati, OH

Earned The Medal of Honor During the Indian Campaigns For heroism September 17, 1865 at Powder River Expedition, Dakota Territory

Died:  February 24, 1923 at the age of 80

During the Powder River Indian expedition in Wyoming in the fall of 1865, Captain Humpfervill returned to the camp of General Connor of the 11th Ohio Cavalry after a scout with 300 men, to report that Colonel Cole of the Regiment was surrounded by Indians near the Powder River. General Conner called for a volunteer "to go as a scout and find Cole or perish in the attempt." (C.L. Thomas) Sergeant Charles Thomas volunteered and spent 36 hours traveling about 201 miles alone in hostile territory to find Colonel Cole and deliver a message from General Conner. After leaving Conner's camp at 8 A.M., on his second day, Sergeant Thomas was sighted by hostile Indians in the area as he followed Colonel Cole's trail, and "began to exchange shots - and it was a running fight for the balance of the day." Capturing an Indian pony, Thomas kept it with him in case his own horse was shot. During the day he stumbled across John Hutson of the 2d Missouri, who had become detached from Cole's element and was in hiding. Thomas had Hutson mount the spare pony, delivering him to Colonel Cole's camp after arriving about 6 P.M. to deliver the general's message.



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