|Thomas W. Benthall|
|Death: ||Mar. 10, 1864|
Born in Maryland, Thomas was the son of Robert and Isabella Benthall, and was the brother of Robert Benthall, jr., who also later served in the Confederate States Navy. The family were residents of Baltimore, Maryland. Thomas W. Benthall was appointed an acting master in the Confederate States Navy on December 12, 1861. He served on the CSS JAMESTOWN and the CSS HAMPTON, and also at Drewry's Bluff, on the James River, Virginia, between 1861 and 1863. On February 26, 1863, he was promoted lieutenant for the war, and served at the Charleston station, aboard the CSS STONO and on the blockade runner JUNO, 1863 - 1864. In early March, 1864, he set out on the blockade runner HELEN (previously named the JUNO), with several fellow officers of the Confederate States Navy and other crew members of the steamer, but shortly after leaving Charleston, South Carolina, the vessel was caught up in a gale, and all but two of the officers on the vessel were drowned at her sinking.
Body lost at sea
Specifically: Lost at sea, with five fellow officers, and the rest of the enlisted crew, after the sinking of the HELEN (formerly known as the JUNO) in a gale, March 10, 1864.
Created by: Terry Foenander
Record added: Mar 10, 2008
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