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Henry Washington Benham
Birth: Apr. 17, 1813
Death: Jun. 1, 1884

Civil War Union Mayor General. He graduated from West Point first in the class of 1837 and when the Civil War started he was assigned as Chief Engineer of the Department of Ohio in May 1861. Although assigned as an engineer he directed pursuits of Confederates forces in western Virginia and was commissioned Brigadier General in command of a brigade in the occupation of Union Armies in western Virginia. He took part in unsuccessful frontal assaults at Fort Pulaski and at Secessionville, South Carolina, resulting he being assigned to command the engineering brigade of the Army of the Potomac. He was with the Army of the Potomac at Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, Wilderness, Spotsylvania, Cold Harbor, Petersburg, Appomattox and was brevetted Major General of US Volunteers in the Regular Army on March 13, 1865. He remained in Army engaging in engineering projects such as the construction of the Potomac aqueduct and the Washington Navy Yard. He also invented the picket shovel, the concept for rapid construction of pontoon bridges and retired from active service in 1882. (bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) 
 
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  Henry Hill Benham (1858 - 1911)*
 
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Congressional Cemetery
Washington
District of Columbia
District Of Columbia, USA
Plot: Range 52, Site 249
 
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Record added: Oct 24, 2001
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