Charles A. Bessey
Corporal, U.S. Army, Company A, 3d U.S. Cavalry. Awarded for actions neark Elkhorn Creek Wyo.
January 13, 1877
While scouting with 4 men and attacked in ambush by 14 hostile Indians, held his ground, 2 of his men being wounded, and kept up the fight until himself wounded in the side, and then went to the assistance of his wounded comrades.