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William Henry Harrison Benyaurd
William Henry Harrison Benyaurd
Born (1841-05-17)May 17, 1841
Died February 7, 1900(1900-02-07) (aged 58)
Place of birth Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Place of death New York City
Place of burial West Point Cemetery, West Point, New York
Allegiance United States United States of America
Service/branch United States Army
Union Army
Years of service 1863 - 1900
Rank Union army lt col rank insignia.jpg Lieutenant Colonel
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.[1] 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.[1] He later rose to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. He is buried at the West Point Cemetery.[2] The United States Army Corps of Engineers operates a large towboat named in his honor. The Motor Vessel (M/V) Benyaurd[3][4] 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."[5]


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