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Edward J. Bebb
Born (1839-04-28)April 28, 1839
Died July 12, 1916(1916-07-12) (aged 77)
Place of birth Butler County, Ohio
Place of death Lynnville, Jasper County, Iowa
Buried at New Salem Cemetery, Lynnville
Allegiance US flag 34 stars.svg United States of America
Service/branch U.S. Army
Years of service September 25, 1861 to August 8, 1865
Rank Private
Unit Iowa Company D, 4th Iowa Cavalry
Battles/wars bridge over the Chattahoochee River
Awards Medal of Honor ribbon.svg Medal of Honor

Edward J. Bebb (April 28, 1839 to July 12, 1916)[1] was an American soldier who fought in the American Civil War. Bebb was awarded the country's highest award for bravery during combat, the Medal of Honor, for his action in Columbus, Georgia on April 16, 1865. He was honored with the award on June 17, 1865.[1]


Bebb was born in Ohio to Edward (1800 - 1868) and Margaret Evans Bebb (1805 - 1868) on April 28, 1839. He moved to Iowa at age 12.[1] Bebb enlisted into Company D of the 4th Iowa Cavalry on September 25, 1861[1][2][3] and was a private throughout his military career.[4] On 16 April 1865 he formed part of a regiment, under the direction of General J. H. Wilson's, that were undertaking to capture the Chattahoochee River bridge to gain entry into the city. Bebb is reported to have captured a flag while the enemies were fleeing.[5] He was awarded the Medal of Honor for his valor at this event.

Medal of Honor citationEdit

Capture of flag.[2]

Personal lifeEdit

Bebb married Mary Adeline Hungerford (1845 - 1900) in Wapello, Iowa on March 8, 1866 having mustered out of the army soon after the conclusion of the Civil War.[1]

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