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 William Bensinger

William Bensinger

Waynesburg, Stark County, Ohio, USA
Death 19 Dec 1918 (aged 78)
McComb, Hancock County, Ohio, USA
Burial McComb, Hancock County, Ohio, USA
Plot 1st Adn, Row 2, Grave 11
Memorial ID 19153 · View Source
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Civil War Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. Served in the Civil War as a Private in Company G, 21st Ohio Volunteer Infantry. He was awarded the CMOH for his bravery as a participant as a Mitchell Raider in the famed “Great Locomotive Chase” in April 1862. His citation reads “One of the 19 of 22 men (including 2 civilians) who, by direction of Gen. Mitchell (or Buell), 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 Chattanooga and Atlanta”. He was captured when the train they confiscated “The General” ran out of fuel, and spent time in Confederate Prisons. When his Medal was issued to him on March 25, 1863, he became the second United States soldier in History to be awarded it (after Private Jacob Parrot of the 33rd Ohio Infantry - another Mitchell Raider). 22 other participants of the Raid were also awarded the Medal of Honor.

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