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John P. Beech
Born (1844-05-01)May 1, 1844
Died November 27, 1926(1926-11-27) (aged 82)
Place of birth Stratfordshire, England
Buried at Mercer Cemetery in Trenton[1]
Allegiance US flag 34 stars.svg United States of America
Service/branch U.S. Army
Rank Sargeant
Unit New Jersey Company B, 4th New Jersey Infantry
Battles/wars Battle of Spotsylvania Court House
Awards Medal of Honor ribbon.svg Medal of Honor

Sergeant John P. Beech (May 1, 1844 to November 27, 1926)[2][3] was an English soldier who fought in the American Civil War. Beech was awarded the United States' highest award for bravery during combat, the Medal of Honor,[4] for his action during the Battle of Spotsylvania Court House in Virginia on May 12, 1864. He was honored with the award on June 5, 1894.[2]


Beech was born in Stratfordshire, England[1] and enlisted into the army at Trenton, New Jersey in 1861.[2] On May 12, 1864, during the Battle of Spotsylvania Court House, most of the members of an artillery battery, deployed in front of Beech's company, were killed by enemy fire. Beech voluntarily assisted the remaining artillery men, despite being under heavy fire. It is for this act of bravery that he was awarded the Medal of Honor in 1894.[5]

Beech died in New Jersey on November 27, 1926[3] and his remains are interred at the Mercer Cemetery, Trenton, New Jersey.[1]

Medal of Honor citationEdit

Voluntarily assisted in working the guns of a battery, all the members of which had been killed or wounded.[2][3]

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