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Christopher W. Wilson



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.

Evergreen Cemetery

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Born:  1846 at Ireland

Entered Service in the US Army from West Meriden, CT

Earned The Medal of Honor During the Civil War For heroism May 12, 1864 at Spotsylvania, VA

Died:  September 12, 1916 at the age of 70

Following the Wilderness Battle and the repulse of the Union Forces (May 5 - 7, 1864) General Grant pushed ahead on the Confederates' right to Spotsylvania Courthouse, Virginia, where he engaged Confederate General Robert E. Lee's army from May 8 - 19, with the bloodiest battle occurring on May 12. In that battle thirty-six soldiers earned Medals of Honor including Private Christopher Wilson. When the color bearer of his regiment was wounded, Private Wilson bore the flag and carried it in the charge over the Confederate works. During that flag, while displaying and protecting his own colors, Private Wilson captured the flag of the 56th Virginia (Confederate States of America), and carried both flags off the field of battle.



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