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LeRoy Williams



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.

Oakwood Cemetery

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Born:  August 18, 1845 at Oswego, NY

Entered Service in the US Army from Batavia, NY

Earned The Medal of Honor During the Civil War For heroism June 03, 1864 at Cold Harbor, VA

Died:  February 14, 1930 at the age of 84

On June 1, 1864, following the battles at Spotsylvania, General Grant launched a fierce assault at Cold Harbor, Virginia, against the well entrenched and fortified Confederate forces under General Lee. From June 1 - 3 the Union forces repeatedly assaulted the enemy in an action Grant later admitted was an ill-advised offensive that cost him 13,000 casualties as compared to only 1,700 enemy casualties. On the first day of the battle at Cold Harbor a colonel of the 8th New York Heavy Artillery was killed on the battlefield. Sergeant Leroy Williams voluntarily braved the fire of enemy sharpshooters to scour the field of battle until he located his colonel's body, lying close to the enemy's lines. When night fell, under of cover of darkness and with the assistance of four comrades, he recovered the colonel's body and brought it back within the Union lines, having been forced to recover it from a point within only a few feet of the Confederate pickets. He was one of eight men awarded the Medal of Honor for heroism on the first day of battle.



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