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Henry Wilkens



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.

Cypress Hills National Cemetery

Born:  1855 at Germany

Entered Service in the US Army from Pittsburgh, PA

Earned The Medal of Honor During the Indian Campaigns For heroism May 07 & August 20, 1877 at Little Muddy Creek, MT & Camas Meadows,  ID

Died:  August 02, 1895 at the age of 40

By April 1877, most of the cavalry Regiments of the United States was engaged in warfare with several small bands of Indians. After several major Indian leaders surrendered, Lame Deer and his warriors were the only hostile force still holding territory claimed by the U.S. government. Marching day and night with only short breaks, the 2d Cavalry reached the area of the Indian encampment near Little Muddy Creek, Montana. At 0100 hours, May 7, after only a few hours' rest, the troopers broke camp and marched for the remainder of the night. At dawn they surprised Lame Deer's warriors. The soldiers charged through the village and stampeded the horses, and then the other cavalry troops charged, thoroughly routing the Indians. Sergeant Henry Wilkins was cited for "Bravery in actions" at Little Muddy Creek, and also at Camas Meadows, Idaho, on August 20, 1877, where he received a very painful wound in the head, but continued with the company during the pursuit of a captured mule train, and in the hours his company was surrounded by the Nez Perce. Corporal Harry Garland, and Privates Samuel Phillips and William Leonard, and Farrier William Jones also earned Medals of Honor in the battle at Little Muddy Creek.



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