|William Henry Harrison Benyaurd|
William Henry Harrison Benyaurd
|Born||May 17, 1841|
|Died||February 7, 1900(aged 58)|
|Place of birth||Philadelphia, Pennsylvania|
|Place of death||New York City|
|Place of burial||West Point Cemetery, West Point, New York|
United States of America|
United States Army|
|Years of service||1863 - 1900|
|Battles/wars||American Civil War|
|Awards||Medal of Honor|
William Henry Harrison Benyaurd (May 17, 1841 – February 7, 1900) was a Union Army officer during the American Civil War who earned the Medal of Honor for his actions at Five Forks, Virginia on April 1, 1865. An 1863 graduate of West Point, Benyaurd was a 1st Lieutenant at Five Forks. He was awarded the Medal of Honor on September 7, 1897. He later rose to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. He is buried at the West Point Cemetery. The United States Army Corps of Engineers operates a large towboat named in his honor. The Motor Vessel (M/V) Benyaurd works out of the Corps of Engineers' Mississippi Valley Division in Vicksburg, Mississippi, as is assigned to the Corps' Vicksburg District.
Medal of Honor citation
"With one companion, voluntarily advanced in a reconnaissance beyond the skirmishers, where he was exposed to imminent peril; also, in the same battle, rode to the front with the commanding general to encourage wavering troops to resume the advance, which they did successfully."
- This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the United States Army Center of Military History.
- "William Henry Harrison Benyaurd". MilitaryTimes.com. http://www.militarytimes.com/citations-medals-awards/recipient.php?recipientid=3311. Retrieved 2009-04-09.
- "William H.H. Benyaurd". FindaGrave.com. http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=4884. Retrieved 2009-04-09.
- https://archive.is/20130627155023/220.127.116.11/offices/od/odr/revetment/photos/benyrd1.jpg Motor Vessel Benyaurd
- https://archive.is/20130713025711/18.104.22.168/offices/od/odr/revetment/photos/benyrd2.jpg M/V Benyaurd towing barges on the Mississippi River
- "Medal of Honor recipients, Civil War (A-L)". United States Army Center of Military History. http://www.history.army.mil/html/moh/civwaral.html. Retrieved 2009-04-04.
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