Brown, Benjamin

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Brown, Benjamin




(1859-1910) Born in Spotsylvania County, Virginia. A Sergeant in the 24th Infantry Regiment assigned to southeastern Arizona Territory in 1889. On May 11th as part of a 12 man detail of “Buffalo Soldiers” escorting U. S. Army paymaster Major Joseph W. Wham, the formation was ambushed by a gang of highwaymen near the Pima Settlement. During the ensuing fight, which he fought alone in an exposed position, Brown suffered bullet wounds to the abdomen and both arms, but continued to fight until the bandits withdrew. Sergeant Brown was one of two “Buffalo Soldiers“ awarded the Medal of Honor for this action.

Medal of Honor Recipient