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U.S. Civil War - U.S. Army

William Bensinger

  • Rank: Private (Highest Rank: Captain)
  • Conflict/Era: U.S. Civil War
  • Unit/Command:
    Company G,
    21st Ohio Infantry
  • Military Service Branch: U.S. Army
  • Medal of Honor Action Date: April 1862
  • Medal of Honor Action Place: Georgia, USA
One of 19 of 24 men (including two civilians) who, by direction of Gen. Ormsby M. Mitchell, penetrated nearly 200 miles south into enemy territory and captured a railroad train at Big Shanty, Ga., in an attempt to destroy the bridges and track between Chattanaooga and Atlanta.
Medal of Honor Recipient William Bensinger
Medal of Honor Recipient William Bensinger
Additional Details
  • Accredited to: McComb, Hancock County, Ohio
  • Awarded Posthumously: No
  • Presentation Date & Details: March 25, 1863
    Washington, D.C., presented by Sec. of War Edward M. Stanton
  • Born: January 14, 1840, Waynesburg, Stark County, OH, United States
  • Died: December 19, 1918, McComb, OH, United States
  • Buried: McComb Union Cemetery (MH) (1-2-11), McComb, OH, United States
  • Location of Medal: McComb Public Library (1896 & 1904 designs), McComb, OH

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