About William Henry Harrison Benyaurd
With one companion, voluntarily advanced in a reconnaissance beyond the skirmishers, where he was exposed to imminent peril; also, in the same battle, rode to the front with the commanding general to encourage wavering troops to resume the advance, which they did successfully.
William Henry Harrison Benyaurd (May 17, 1841 – February 7, 1900) was a Union Army officer during the American Civil War who earned the Medal of Honor for his actions at Five Forks, Virginia on April 1, 1865. An 1863 graduate of West Point, Benyaurd was a 1st Lieutenant at Five Forks. He was awarded the Medal of Honor on September 7, 1897. He later rose to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. He is buried at the West Point Cemetery