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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