Medal of Honor Certificate
[illustration of medal]
ISSUED UNDER THE PROVISIONS OF THE ACT OF CONGRESS APPROVED APRIL 27, 1916.
To whom it may concern:
This is to Certify That William Bensinger
was enrolled on the second day of
September, 1861, to serve three years, and was
discharged on the twenty-first day of September, 1863,
by reason of promotion to Captain, Thirteenth U.S. Colored Troops
while holding the grade of Private, in Company G,
Tenty-first Regiment of Ohio Infantry Volunteers,
that a medal of honor was awarded to him on the twenty-fifth
day of March, 1863, for being a participant in a
raid with twenty-two other men by direction of General Mitchell (or Buell) in
which they penetrate some two hundred miles into the enemy's territory and captured
a railroad train at Big Shanty, Georgia in April 1863 in an attempt to destroy the
bridges and railroads track between Chattanooga and Atlanta
that his name was entered and recorded on the Army and Navy Medal of honor Roll
on the twelfth day of May, 1916, as
authorized under the provisions of the Act of Congress approved April 27, 1916,
and that he is entitled to receive the special pension granted by that Act.
Given at the War Department, Washington, D.C., this twenty-ninth day of
By authority of the Secretary of War:
The Adjutant General.
Form No. 568- A.G.G.
Ed. May 1-16-500