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Lewis S. Wisner

 

TAPS

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.

Hillside Cemetery

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Born:  August 11, 1841 at Wallkill, NY

Entered Service in the US Army from Wallkill, NY

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

Died:  October 06, 1906 at the age of 65

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 First Lieutenant Lewis Wisner, an engineer officer. Lieutenant Wisner was ordered to have his men lower the breastworks near the Bloody Angle only eighteen inches in front of a firing Union battery, a poor decision but an order none-the-less. Placing his men in positions of relative safety, Lieutenant Wisner showed his orders to the battery commander who in turn threatened to shoot any man who attempted to lower the works. Convinced that certain death awaited any man who climbed them to lower the rail, Lieutenant Wisner shouted "Ill do it myself." Climbing atop the works with an ax, and under heavy fire from the enemy that riddled his uniform, Lieutenant Wisner valiantly carried out his orders. When the folly of this order was revealed, at the request of the battery commander, Lieutenant Wisner again exposed himself to replace the log just chopped free.

 

 

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