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 Benjamin W. Schenck

Benjamin W. Schenck

Birth
Butler County, Ohio, USA
Death 19 Feb 1916 (aged 78)
Danville, Vermilion County, Illinois, USA
Burial Decatur, Macon County, Illinois, USA
Memorial ID 7426402 · View Source
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Civil War Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. Born in Butler County, Ohio, he served as a Corporal in Company D, 116th Illinois Volunteer Infantry, enlisting at Maroa, Macon County, Illinois, on September 6, 1862. He would go on to be awarded the CMOH for his bravery at Vicksburg, Mississippi on May 22, 1863. His citation simply reads "Gallantry in the charge of the "volunteer storming party." On the day in question 150 men were called to volunteer to make a "forlorn hope" diversionary charge on the Confederate position known as the Stockade Redan – a charge that was intended to draw fire away from the real planned attack, and a charge no one was expected to return from (to this end, only unmarried men were accepted as volunteers). After charging an open plain in full view of the Confederates, the withering fire was such that most of the volunteers were cut down, and those that made it through the fire sought shelter in a ravine under the Redan. There they stayed and fought until nightfall, when the survivors made their way to return to the Union lines, Corporal Schenck being one of them (85 percent of the men who made the charge did not make it back). He would go on to serve through the end of the war, and was honorably mustered out on June 7, 1865 at Washington, DC. He was awarded his Medal on August 14, 1894, thirty one years after he played his part at Vicksburg.

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  • Find A Grave Memorial 7426402
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Benjamin W. Schenck (12 Aug 1837–19 Feb 1916), Find A Grave Memorial no. 7426402, citing Greenwood Cemetery, Decatur, Macon County, Illinois, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .