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John James Toffey

 

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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.

Pawling Cemetery

Born:  June 01, 1844 at Quaker Hill, NY

Entered Service in the US Army from Hudson, NJ

Earned The Medal of Honor During the Civil War For heroism November 23, 1863 at Chattanooga, TN

Died:  March 13, 1911 at the age of 66

"For several days prior to the battle of Chattanooga I had been excused from duty on account of illness," First Lieutenant John Toffey recalled of the events leading to his heroic leadership that earned him a Medal of Honor on November 23, 1863. "The night before the battle the surgeon ordered me to the hospital. I tore up the order and marched with the regiment." On November 23 Lieutenant Toffey's regiment led the attack when Colonel George Mindil ordered him to take command after all the other officers were killed or wounded. "I ran across the field and reached the advance line in time to prevent it from breaking," he recalled. I reformed the line and we again charged the almost impregnable position in the face of an accurate and deadly fire. Just was we were carrying the position I received a severe wound, which disabled me permanently and my military career was brought to a close."Colonel Mindil recalled, "The superlative brave conduct of First Lieutenant John J. Toffey, saved the position, and enabled us on the following morning to press forward the entire line, and to unite the lines of the Army of the Cumberland with those of General Sherman's Army.

 

 

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