b. 10/12/1826 Burlington, Vermont. d. 08/04/1907 Burlington, Vermont.
DATE OF MOH ACTION: 03/07/1863 Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.
Benedict was born on 10 December 1826 in Burlington, Vermont. He entered the University of Vermont and graduated with honors in 1847, receiving the degree of Master of Arts in 1850. While a student he became a member of the Sigma Phi Society as well as the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society. He was married on the 27th of October 1853 to Mary Anne, the daughter of Edward and Abigail Frances Kellogg of New Canaan, NY.
He was editor of and publisher The Burlington Daily Free Press in Burlington, Vermont. Further: he served as the president of the Vermont & Boston Telegraph Company from 1859 to 1863; was elected by the people of Chittenden county as a member of the Vermont Senate 1869-71; and served as the secretary of the Corporation of the University of Vermont and State Agricultural College from 1865 to 1879. He was selected as a delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1880. Also in 1880, Benedict was elected to the University of Vermont Board of Trustees.
Benedict enlisted into the 12th Vermont Infantry at Burlington in August 1862. On the third day of the Battle of Gettysburg, he was among a group of men involved in the successful flank attack on Pickett’s Charge, for which he gained the Medal of Honor. In 1863, he was promoted to a lieutenant, and later appointed aid-de-camp on the staff of Gen. George J. Standard, commanding the 2nd Brigade of Vermont volunteers. By 1865, he held the office of assistant inspector general with the rank of major. Rising again in 1866, Benedict was appointed aid-de-camp to Gov. Paul Dillingham with the rank of colonel. Colonel Benedict was appointed to be military historian of the State of Vermont by Governor Redfield Proctor in 1879. He was finally presented with his Medal of Honor on 27 June 1892.
Passed through a murderous fire of grape and canister in delivering orders and re-formed the crowded lines
BURIAL LOCATION: GREENMOUNT CEMETERY, BURLINGTON, VERMONT.
LOCATION OF MEDAL: FAMILY.