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Benjamin Dyer Merchant
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Birth: Jun. 3, 1838
Dumfries
Prince William County
Virginia, USA
Death: Mar. 14, 1913
Baltimore City
Maryland, USA

Company A "Prince William Cavalry", 4th Virginia Cavalry, Wickham's Brigade, Fitz. Lee's Division, Cavalry Corps, Army of Northern Virginia, C.S.A.

Dark hair, dark complexion, dark eyes, 5'7"; working in his father's mercantile business in Dumfries.
Enlisted for 12 months' service on 4/23/1861 at Brentsville, on 5/28/1861 at Fairfax Court House he was mustered into "A" Co. VA 4th Cavalry as 2nd Sergeant; horse valued at $160, equipments $20.
Reenlisted for 2 years' service 3/7/1862 at Round Top, VA.; paid $50 Reenlistment Bounty.
Present on all rolls until listed Absent, Sick on Sept & Oct 1862 and May & June 1863 Rolls.
Elected Jr. 2nd Lieut 4/25/1862.
Promoted to 2nd Lieut 4/28/1862.
Promoted to 1st Lieut 10/11/1863.
Wounded, POW 12/29/1863 Antioch, VA.; confined 12/31/1863 Old Capitol Prison, Washington, DC.; transferred 1/12/1864 to Fort McHenry, MD., arriving 1/13/1864; transferred 1/23/1864 to Point Lookout, MD.; admitted into Hammond General Hospital (date not listed); received 3/16/1864 at Point Lookout, MD.; received 6/23/1864 at Fort Delaware, DE.
Forwarded 8/20/1864 to Morris Island, South Carolina, at the entrance to Charleston Harbor becoming one of the "Immortal 600" CSA officers placed as "human shields" for forty-five days in an attempt to silence the Confederate gunners manning Fort Sumter.
Confined 11/10/1864 Fort Pulaski, GA.; transferred 11/19/1864 at Hilton Head, SC.; received 3/12/1865 at Fort Delaware, DE.; Oath Allegiance and released from there on 6/12/1865.

Postwar returned to Prince William County and settled in Manassas.

The 4th Virginia Cavalry Regiment completed its organization at Sangster's Cross Roads, Prince William County, Virginia, in September, 1861. Its members were recruited in the counties of Prince William, Chesterfield, Madison, Culpeper, Powhatan, Gouchland, Hanover, Fauquier, Buckingham, and the city of Richmond.

 (bio by: BigFrench) 
 
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 Spouse:
  Mary Elizabeth Fewell Merchant (1843 - 1900)*
 
 Children:
  Benjamin Neal Merchant (1869 - 1942)*
  Margaret Merchant Boisseau (1878 - 1909)*
  Ann Winter Merchant Dunnington (1878 - 1922)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Manassas Cemetery
Manassas
Manassas City
Virginia, USA
 
Maintained by: BigFrench
Originally Created by: Scott Hutchison
Record added: Jan 23, 2005
Find A Grave Memorial# 10364505
Benjamin Dyer Merchant
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One of the Immortal Six Hundred. Thanks to Benjamin and all of the Confederate soldiers for your faithful service in protecting and defending your homeland from the northern invaders. He is mentioned in "Immortal Captives" and "Biographical Roster of the ...(Read more)
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