|Birth: ||Sep. 15, 1820|
New Hampshire, USA
|Death: ||Aug. 23, 1881|
USMA Class of 1842.
History of Bedford, New Hampshire
James Gilchrist Benton was graduated from West Point in 1842 and appointed additional Second Lieutenant of ordinance. He was stationed at Waterville Arsenal, West Troy, Washington, D.C. and on temporary duty at several other arsenals. In 1857 he was ordered to West Point, as Instructor of Ordinance and Gunnery, and while there wrote Ordinance and Gunnery, a Course of instruction for the Cadets of the Military Academy, which was used as a text book until some time after his death, when the changes in modern science made a new course necessary. When the war broke out in 1861 he was ordered to Washington as principal assistant to the chief of ordnance, General James W. Ripley. In September 1863 he was ordered to the command of Washington arsenal and in 1866 to the command of the national armory, Springfield, Massachusetts He was promoted Major, Lieutenant Colonel and in 1865 Colonel for faithful and meritorious service.
From the biography of James G. Benton in the Lebanon, New Hampshire Historical Society
Colonel Benton also made several inventions. One of which, was the application of electricity to determine velocity. Springfield Rifles 1866, 1868, 1873 and 1879 were made under his direction. Colonel Benton never took out a patent on any of his inventions; holding that, as he had been educated by the government, it was entitled to benefits, in every way, by his time and talents.
Calvin Benton (1793 - 1863)
Mary Gilchrist Benton (____ - 1825)
Catherine Louisa Webb Benton (1830 - 1918)*
James Watson Benton (1864 - 1896)*
Martha Jane Benton (____ - 1833)**
Martha Jane Benton (1818 - 1819)*
James Gilchrist Benton (1820 - 1881)
United States Military Academy Post Cemetery
New York, USA
Plot: Section 19, Row B, Site 18.
Created by: SLGMSD
Record added: Sep 25, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 59172747