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Richard Beddows
Born (1843-06-27)June 27, 1843
Died February 15, 1922(1922-02-15) (aged 78)
Place of birth Liverpool, England
Buried at New Rochelle, New York
Allegiance  United States of America
Service/branch U.S. Army
Years of service 1861 - 1865
Rank Private
Unit New York 34th New York Battery
Battles/wars Battle of Spotsylvania Courthouse
Awards Medal of Honor

Private Richard Beddows (June 27, 1843 to February 15, 1922) was an English soldier who fought in the American Civil War. Beddows was awarded the United States' highest award for bravery during combat, the Medal of Honor, for his action in Spotsylvania, Virginia during the Battle of Spotsylvania Courthouse on 18 May 1864.[1][2][3] He was honored with the award on July 10, 1896.[4]


Beddows was born in Liverpool, England on 27 June 1843. He enlisted in the army in August 1861, and mustered out with his battery in June 1865.[5] He died on 15 February 1922, and his remains were interred at the Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in New Rochelle, New York.[6]

Medal of Honor citation

Brought his guidon off in safety under a heavy fire of musketry after he had lost it by his horse becoming furious from the bursting of a shell.[1][2]

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