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Civil War Soldiers - Benham

Benham, Henry W., brigadier-general, U.S. Army, was born in Connecticut in 1817, and graduated from West Point at the head of his class in 1837. Being assigned to the engineer corps, he had charge of various engineering works until the outbreak of the Mexican war, in which he distinguished himself, being brevetted captain for meritorious services at the battle of Buena Vista. After the Mexican war he again engaged in engineering works, until the outbreak of the Civil war, when he entered upon active service as a member of Gen. Morris' staff, as engineer of the Department of the Ohio. He was brevetted colonel for gallantry at the battle of Carrick's ford, July 13, 1861, was made brigadier-general of volunteers in August, and took part in the Virginia campaigns of that year. In 1862 he was present at the capture of Fort Pulaski and James' island, and in the same year superintended the construction of fortifications in Boston and Portsmouth harbors, and commanded the northern district of the Department of the South. He showed himself efficient in the construction of pontoon bridges, and was, in 1864, in command of the pontoon department at Washington. During the war he was advanced by regular stages of promotion to lieutenant-colonel of engineers, U. S. A., and he was at the end of the war given the brevet titles of brigadier-general and major-general, U. S. A., and major-general, U. S. volunteers. After the war he was promoted to colonel of engineers, and was employed in various governmental works. He was retired in 1882, and died in New York, June 1, 1884.

Source: The Union Army: A History of Military Affairs in the Loyal States 1861-1865, Volume 8 Biographical, 1908

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