b. 1848 Reading, Massachusetts. d. 1909 Biloxi, Mississippi.
DATE OF MOH ACTION: 13/01/1877 Wyoming Territory.
Bessey was born in Reading, Massachusetts in 1848. By January 13, 1877, he was serving as a corporal in Company A of the 3rd Cavalry Regiment in the midst of the Great Sioux War of 1876-77. Bessey was later promoted to sergeant and became Chief Musician of his regiment. He retired in 1899 and died ten years later of kidney failure, probably caused by the wound he received near Elkhorn Creek.
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.
BURIAL LOCATION: BILOXI CITY CEMETERY, BILOXI, MISSISSIPPI.