b. 1838 New York. d. ?
DATE OF MOH ACTION: 15/01/1865 Fort Fisher, North Carolina.
Betham enlisted in the Navy from New York City in July 1861, and was assigned to the Union side-wheel gunboat USS Pontoosuc (1864).
On January 15, 1865, the North Carolina Confederate stronghold of Fort Fisher was taken by a combined Union storming party of sailors, marines, and soldiers under the command of Admiral David Dixon Porter and General Alfred Terry. Betham was a member of the naval storming party. It is unknown when he received his Medal of Honor. Little else is known about what happened to him about the Civil War.
The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pleasure in presenting the Medal of Honor to Coxswain Asa Betham, United States Navy, for extraordinary heroism in action while serving on board the U.S.S. Pontoosuc during the capture of Fort Fisher and Wilmington, North Carolina, 24 December 1864, to 22 January 1865. Carrying out his duties faithfully during this period, Coxswain Betham was recommended for gallantry and skill and for his cool courage while under the fire of the enemy throughout these various actions.
BURIAL LOCATION: UNKNOWN.
LOCATION OF MEDAL: AMERICAN NUMISMATIC SOCIETY, NEW YORK, NEW YORK.