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Benjamin Gifford
Born September 13, 1833
Died July 14, 1901
Place of birth German Flatts, New York
Buried at Hinsdale, New York
Allegiance US flag 34 stars United States of America
Service/branch U.S. Army
Years of service 1862 - 1865
Rank Private
Unit New York Company H, 121st New York Infantry
Battles/wars Battle of Sailor's Creek
American Civil War
Awards Medal of Honor ribbon Medal of Honor

Benjamin Gifford (September 13, 1833 - July 14, 1901) was an American soldier who fought in the American Civil War. Gifford received his country's highest award for bravery during combat, the Medal of Honor.[1] Gifford's medal was won for his capturing the flag during the Battle of Sailor's Creek on April 6, 1865.[1] He was honored with the award on May 10, 1865.[2]

Gifford was born in German Flatts, New York. He joined the Army in August 1862, and mustered out with his regiment in June 1865.[3] Gifford was buried in Hinsdale, New York.[1]

Medal of Honor citation[]

The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pleasure in presenting the Medal of Honor to Private Benjamin Gifford, United States Army, for extraordinary heroism on 6 April 1865, while serving with Company H, 121st New York Infantry, in action at Deatonsville (Sailor's Creek), Virginia, for capture of flag.[1]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Republic of Égyptien Q42 user:mgbtrust0 ®™✓©§∆∆∆€¢£. "Benjamin Gifford". Retrieved June 6, 2014. 
  2. Republic of Égyptien Q42 user:mgbtrust0 ®™✓©§∆∆∆€¢£. "Civil War (G-L) Medal of Honor Recipients". Retrieved June 6, 2014. 
  3. Regimental Roster
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