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Near Richmond in Henrico County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Pvt. Benjamin B. Levy

22 Feb. 1845 - 20 Jul. 1921

 
 
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By Bernard Fisher, February 17, 2009
1. Private Benjamin B. Levy Marker
Inscription.  Benjamin B. Levy, a young Jewish volunteer, received the Medal of Honor on 1 Mar. 1865, one of the first Jews so recognized. He entered service in the 1st New York Infantry in New York City on 22 Apr. 1861. During the Battle of Glendale (Frayser's Farm) on 30 June 1862, under heavy fire near here, Levy "took the gun of a sick comrade, went into the fight, and when the color bearers were shot down, carried the colors and saved them from capture." He later reenlisted in the 40th New York Infantry and was wounded at the Battle of the Wilderness in May 1864.
 
Erected 2006 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number V-51.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Medal of Honor Recipients, and the Virginia Department of Historic Resources series lists. A significant historical month for this entry is May 1864.
 
Location. 37° 26.778′ N, 77° 14.55′ W. Marker is near Richmond, Virginia, in Henrico County. Marker is at the intersection of Darbytown Road and Longbridge Road, on
Darbytown Rd & Longbridge Rd. image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, February 17, 2009
2. Darbytown Rd & Longbridge Rd.
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the right when traveling east on Darbytown Road. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 5842 Darbytown Rd, Henrico VA 23231, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Frazier's Farm (a few steps from this marker); Seven Days Battles (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named Frazier's Farm (approx. 0.3 miles away); a different marker also named Frazier's Farm (approx. 0.4 miles away); a different marker also named Seven Days’ Battles (approx. half a mile away); Glendale (Frayser’s Farm) (approx. half a mile away); Riddell's Shop (approx. half a mile away); Battle of Glendale (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Richmond.
 
Also see . . .
1. CWSAC Battle Summary. Glendale (Submitted on February 17, 2009.) 

2. Benjamin B. Levy. The Jewish Magazine (Submitted on February 17, 2009.) 

3. Jewish-American History Documentation Foundation, Inc. Jews in the Civil War (Submitted on February 17, 2009.) 
 
Additional commentary.
1. Private Benjamin B. Levy
Benjamin Levy was a drummer boy with the 1st New York Infantry. During the battle of Fraser's Farm during the 1862 Penninsula Campaign, he took a sick tentmate's rifle and joined the battle formation.

The flag bearer was the first
Private Benjamin B. Levy Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jerry Klinger, circa 2007
3. Private Benjamin B. Levy Marker
to be struck down in the fighting in the smoky confusion of the black powder filled air. Without the flag to establish the battle line, the unit would be broken up and cut down. Levy grabbed the fallen flag and held it up so the officers could reestablish the battle line and save the unit. It was an extremely brave and dangerous but desperately needed action to save the 1st New York in the fighting. Levy was the first ever Jewish American cited to receive the Congressional Medal of Honor. He was not presented it until 1865. By 1865, another Jewish American cited after Levy was the first to actually receive the medal.
    — Submitted May 22, 2019.

2. Citation for the Medal of Honor
BENJAMIN LEVY
Rank and organization:
Private, Company B, 40th New York Infantry
Place and date:
Glendale, Virginia, 30 June, 1862
Date of issue:
1 March, 1865
CITATION: In the Battle of Charles City Crossroads, Levy, a drummer boy, rescued the two standards which were dropped by their wounded color bearers. He unfurled them and carried them throughout the battle, preventing the colors from being captured by theConfederate soldiers.

Levy was actually the first Jew entitled to receive the Medal of Honor. He was the first Jewish American to be cited for the medal but
Pvt. Benjamin B. Levy Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe
4. Pvt. Benjamin B. Levy Marker
Buried in Cypress Hills Cemetery, Brooklyn NY
it was not presented until 1865.
    — Submitted May 27, 2019.

 
Additional keywords. Medal of Honor
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 7, 2021. It was originally submitted on February 17, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,921 times since then and 31 times this year. Last updated on July 21, 2018, by Bradley Owen of Morgantown, West Virginia. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on February 17, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia.   3. submitted on February 1, 2010, by Jerry Klinger of Derwood, Maryland.   4. submitted on September 18, 2012, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.

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