Thursday, May 27, 2010

TOMBSTONE OF GENERAL HENRY H. BINGHAM (MEDAL OF HONOR WINNER) - Laurel Hill Cemetery, Philadelphia, PA




This is a very classy and respectful tomb at Laurel Hill Cemetery in Philadelphia. The cemetery is full of heroes and this is one of them. General Henry H. Bingham was born in Philadelphia and was commissioned a First Lieutenant in the United States Army in the 140th Pennsylvania Voluntary Infantry in 1862. He was a Captain on the staff of Union General Winfield Scott Hancock at the battle of Gettysburg and witnessed Pickett's Charge on July 3, 1863 from near the now famous "Bloody Angle" and the high water mark on Cemetery Hill. It was Bingham who told General Hancock about Hancock's mortally wounded friend, Confederate General Lewis A. Armistead. During the wicked battle of The Wilderness on May 6, 1864, Bingham rallied and led the remnants of his unit after fierce attacks by the Confederates. For this fearless act of bravery, Bingham was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor in 1893. He achieved the rank of Brigadier General near the end of the war, in April, 1865. After the war, Bingham was appointed Postmaster of Philadelphia by President Andrew Johnson in 1867 and served until 1872, when he resigned to become Clerk of the Quarter Sessions of Philadelphia. General Bingham was elected to Congress in 1878 and served until his death. Notice on the tombstone the inscribed Medal of Honor above the name and the very neat initials of the General below the name. As Memorial Day Weekend begins, let's salute and thank this American hero and distinguished public servant.


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