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Moundsville in Marshall County, West Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Benjamin C. Criswell

Sergeant, Company B, 7th U.S. Cavalry, United States Army

 

—Medal of Honor Citation —

 
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By J. J. Prats, June 18, 2009
1. Benjamin C. Criswell Marker
Inscription. Rescued the body of 2nd Lieutenant Benjamin H. Hodgson from within the enemy lines; brought up ammunition and encouraged the men in the most exposed positions under heavy fire in the Little Big Horn River fight.

Sergeant Benjamin C. Criswell received the Medal of Honor on October 5, 1878 for his actions on the Little Big Horn River, Montana, on June 25, 1876. Sergeant Criswell was born February 9, 1849 in Moundsville, Virginia (West Virginia) and enlisted in the United States Army at age 21 on May 31, 1870 in Cincinnati, Ohio. He was wounded in the neck in the fighting on the Little Big Horn River on June 25, 1876. He was discharged from U. S. Army service on April 3, 1878 as a First Sergeant of excellent character. He died on October 17, 1821 and is buried at Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Eldorado, Oklahoma.

This plaque is dedicated to the memory of the patriotic service of a brave soldier from Marshall County.
 
Erected 1999 by the Marshall County Commission. It was dedicated on Memorial day May 31, 1999. R.E. “Slim Lehart” Hartley, President; Donald K. Mason, Commissioner; H. L. “Biggie” Byard, Commissioner.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Medal of Honor Recipients marker series.
 
Location.
Markers on the Court House Grounds image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, June 18, 2009
2. Markers on the Court House Grounds
39° 55.117′ N, 80° 44.733′ W. Marker is in Moundsville, West Virginia, in Marshall County. Marker is on 7th Street east of Lafayette Avenue (West Virginia Route 2), on the right when traveling east. Click for map. It is on the court house grounds, to the right of the court house steps. Marker is in this post office area: Moundsville WV 26041, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Civil War Cannons (here, next to this marker); Moundsville / Capt. James Harrod (a few steps from this marker); Marshall County Commemorates Service Men and Women (a few steps from this marker); Old Brick School House (a few steps from this marker); Volunteers in the Spanish-American War (within shouting distance of this marker); Recipients of the Purple Heart (within shouting distance of this marker); Grave Creek Mound (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); West Virginia Penitentiary (approx. ¼ mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Moundsville.
 
Also see . . .  Benjamin C. Criswell, Medal of Honor, Indian Wars. (Submitted on July 3, 2009.)
 
Additional comments.
1. New location for the marker
It would appear that from when the original pictures for this historic marker were taken, back in June of 2009, and
Benjamin C. Criswell Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 15, 2011
3. Benjamin C. Criswell Marker
View of the historic marker at it's new location along the east side of the courthouse, on Tomlinson Avenue.
when I visited the historic marker and took my pictures in July of 2011, that this marker was moved. It wasn't moved very far, and it is still located on the grounds of the courthouse, but it is in a new location, on a different side of the courthouse. It looks like in 2009 the marker was located on the front yard of the courthouse grounds, along 7th Street. However, when I visited the marker in 2011 it was located on the side of the courthouse, near the back northeast corner, along Tomlinson Avenue. The GPS coordinates for the marker's new location are as follows: 39.55.148N, 080.44.725W.
    — Submitted April 28, 2012, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.

 
Categories. Wars, US Indian
 
Benjamin C. Criswell Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 15, 2011
4. Benjamin C. Criswell Marker
Another view of the historic marker at it's new location, near the northeast corner of the courthouse, between the courthouse and a fountain.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page has been viewed 982 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia.   3, 4. submitted on , by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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