CDV OF 90TH PENNSYLVANIA MEDAL OF HONOR RECIPIENT

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Three-quarter standing CDV of Lieutenant Hillary Beyer. Image shows Beyer cradling his Model 1850 Foot Office’s sword in his left arm. He wears a dark frock coat, sash and sword belt with eagle plate and should support strap.

Image is clear with good contrast. There is some light surface dirt from age and a pencil or ink line running from the outside of Beyer’s right arm to the image edge.

Mount has been trimmed.

Reverse has photographer’s imprint for F. GUTEKUNST… PHILADELPHIA.

Identification is confirmed by an on-line image.

Hillary Beyer was born in Norristown, Pennsylvania on September 28, 1837. He enlisted as a Private in Company H, 90th Pennsylvania Volunteers on September 17, 1861 and received a commission to 2nd Lieutenant September 1, 1862 and 1st Lieutenant November 24, 1863.

The 90th Pennsylvania was engaged at 2nd Bull Run, South Mountain, Antietam, Fredericksburg, Gettysburg, Mine Run, Wilderness, Spotsylvania and Petersburg. The regiment lost 6 officers and 224 enlisted men killed, died of wounds and disease as well as many more wounded.

During the fight at Antietam Lt. Beyer performed an act of bravery as set forth in the citation for his Medal of Honor. "After his command had been forced to fall back, remained alone on the line of battle, caring for his wounded comrades and carrying one of them to a place of safety." The soldier he saved, Private James H. Gouldy of Company A, had lain severely wounded in an artillery swept field, and Lieutenant Beyer braved a hail of cannon and rifle fire to drag him to safety. Beyer’s Medal of Honor was awarded to him on October 30, 1896, thirty-four years after his deed.

Beyer served three years in the field receiving a wound at the Battle of the Wilderness, and was honorably mustered out upon the expiration of his term of service on November 26, 1864 at Fort Dushane, Virginia.

After the war Beyer lived in Germantown, Pennsylvania and was employed as a manager of the Germantown station of the Knickabocker Ice Company for twenty five years.

He died in Norristown on September 24, 1907 and is buried in Lower Providence Presbyterian Church Cemetery in Eagleville, Pennsylvania.   [ad]

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