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Orson W. Bennett

Date of birth: November 17, 1841
Date of death: January 08, 1904
Burial location: Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania
Place of Birth: Michigan, Union City
Home of record: Dubuque Iowa


Medal of Honor

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Awarded for actions during the Civil War

The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pleasure in presenting the Medal of Honor to First Lieutenant Orson W. Bennett, United States Army, for extraordinary heroism on 30 November 1864, while serving with Company A, 102d Colored Infantry, in action at Honey Hill, South Carolina. After several unsuccessful efforts to recover three pieces of abandoned artillery, First Lieutenant Bennett gallantly led a small force fully 100 yards in advance of the Union lines and brought in the guns, preventing their capture.

General Orders: Date of Issue: March 9, 1887

Action Date: November 30, 1864

Service: Army

Rank: First Lieutenant

Company: Company A

Division: 102d Colored Infantry