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Moses 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.

Vancouver Barracks Post Cemetery

Monument Dedicated in 1991
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Born:  1845 at Carrollton, LA

Entered Service in the US Army from East Carroll Parish, LA

Earned The Medal of Honor During the Indian Campaigns For heroism August 16, 1881 at Cuchillo Negro Mountains (foothills), NM

Died:  August 23, 1899 at the age of 54

After hostile Indians attacked a ranch near Camp Canada Alamosa, New Mexico, Second Lieutenant George Burnett took the first available detachment to pursue and attack the hostile Apache marauders. With a fifty-man force, some of whom were mounted Mexicans from the plundered ranch, he located and attacked the hostile force that outnumbered his small command two-to-one. In the battle that followed Lieutenant Valois commenced a backward movement before the charge, and in doing so left four men behind. When the retreat was sounded the four men pleaded "For God's sake Lieutenant, don't leave us; out lives depend on it." Second Lieutenant George Burnett called for volunteers to rescue the four trapped men. Private Augustus Walley and First Sergeant William Moses, along with Lieutenant Burnett, held off the Indian force while the rest of the detachment retreated. For this action, as well as other acts of heroism in the battle at Cuchillo Negro Mountains, all three men were awarded the Medal of Honor. First Sergeant Williams was also cited for rallying his detachment to conduct a running fight of three or four hours.



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