b. 01/05/1844 Staffordshire, England. d. 27/11/1926 New Jersey.
DATE OF MOH ACTION: 12/05/1864 Spotsylvania, Virginia.
Beech was born in Staffordshire, England and joined the 4th New Jersey Infantry at Trenton, New Jersey in August 1861. 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 on 1 June 1894.
Voluntarily assisted in working the guns of a battery, all the members of which had been killed or wounded.
BURIAL LOCATION: MERCER CEMETERY, TRENTON, NEW JERSEY.
LOCATION OF MEDAL: UNKNOWN.