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BESSEY, CHARLES

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While scouting with four men and being attacked in ambush by 14 hostile Indians, held his ground, two of his men being wounded, and kept up the fight until himself wounded in the side, and then went to the assistance of his wounded comrades.

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Service

Rank

Division

U.S. Army Corporal (highest rank: Chief Musician-Ret.) Company A, 3d U.S. Cavalry

Conflict

Year of honor

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Indian Campaigns 1877 Reading, Middlesex County, Massachusetts

Citation

While scouting with four men and being attacked in ambush by 14 hostile Indians, held his ground, two of his men being wounded, and kept up the fight until himself wounded in the side, and then went to the assistance of his wounded comrades.