Lieut Benjamin Hixson Hutchison

Lieut Benjamin Hixson Hutchison

Birth
Loudoun County, Virginia, USA
Death 19 Dec 1914 (aged 78)
Aldie, Loudoun County, Virginia, USA
Burial Prince William County, Virginia, USA
Memorial ID 10378439 · View Source
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Brother of twins Ludwell & John, both also of Company D, 8th Virginia Infantry. One of 13 men of Hutchison clan who served in 8th Virginia Infantry.

Company D "Champe Rifles" of Loudon County, 8th Virginia Infantry, Hunton's Brigade, Pickett's Division, 1st Corps, Army of Northern Virginia, C.S.A.

Residence Aldie VA; 28 years old.
Enlisted on 5/13/1861 at Aldie, VA. for 12 months' service, he was mustered into Captain William N. Berkeley's Company, 8th Virginia Infantry as Sergeant.
Wounded 6/30/1862 Darbytown Road, VA. during Seven Days' Battles.
Listed as Color Sergeant on Sept & Oct 1862 Roll.
Elected 2nd Lieutenant 12/3/1862.
Absent, detailed as Provost Guard on Jan & Feb and March & April 1863 Rolls.
POW 7/3/1863 Gettysburg, PA.; confined 7/9/1863 Fort McHenry, Baltimore, MD. and then forwarded to Fort Delaware, DE.; sent 7/18/1863 to Johnson's Island, OH.; admitted 4/26/1864 into U.S.A. Hammond Hospital, Point Lookout, MD. for chronic diarhhea; transferred 6/23/1864 to Ft. Delaware, arriving there 6/25/1864; forwarded 8/20/1864 Hilton Head, SC with 599 other C.S.A. officers to be placed in a stockade in front of the Union batteries at the siege of Charleston and given a starvation diet. These men are now known as the "Immortal 600". He was treated for diarrhea 10/7-21/1864 at U.S.A. Post Hospital, Morris Island, S.C.; paroled 12/15/1864 Charleston Harbor, SC. admitted 12/20/1864 - 1/2/1865 Stuart Hospital, Richmond; admitted 1/22/1865 Chimborazo Hospital, Richmond, VA.
Hospitalized 3/22 - 4/2/1865 Stuart Hospital.
Paroled 6/20/1865 Edwards' Ferry, MD.

Postwar he lived in Aldie, VA.

The 8th Virginia Infantry Regiment was organized at Leesburg, Virginia, in May, 1861. Its members were recruited in the counties of Loudoun, Prince William, and Fairfax. The unit was also called "Old Bloody Eighth" and from time to time "The Berkeley Regiment" because its Colonel, Lieutenant Colonel, Major, and one Captain were four Berkeley brothers.
Of the 193 engaged at Gettysburg about 90% were killed, wounded, or missing.

On the eighth of December, 1914, Lieut. Benjamin H. Hutchison, in the seventy-ninth year of his age, passed away at his home, in Loudon County, near Aldie, Va. He was the son of Beverly and Mary P. Hutchison, who owned the "Peach Orchard" farm, where once lived Thomas Neal, father of Julia Neal, who was the mother of Stonewall Jackson. The old Neal house was moved to its present site, and in it Benjamin Hutchison was born and died.
In 1859, when excitement was very high over the John Brown raid, Benjamin Hutchison and his twin brothers, Ludwell and John, with others, started to Charlestown, where John Brown was in prison. It was reported that five thousand men from the North were on the way to rescue Brown ; but upon reaching Leesburg, Hutchison and his comrades learned that the rumor was unfounded and returned to their homes. At the breaking out of the War between the States a company called the Champ Rifles was organized at Aldie, Va., and B. H. Hutchison and his twin brothers, Ludwell and John, were among the first to enlist. About May 18, 1861, Governor Letcher ordered the Champ Rifles to Leesburg, where it became Company D, of the 8th Virginia Regiment, Col. Eppa Hunton commanding. This regiment, afterwards known as the "Bloody Eighth," took part in the battle of First Manassas and was also in the battle of Ball's Bluff. It was reorganized at Yorktown, and B. H. Hutchison was made color sergeant. He was with the command in the battles of Williamsburg, Seven Pines, the Seven Days' Battles around Richmond. At Frazier's Farm he was badly wounded. When the flag fell from his hand, one of the color guards picked it up, and he was killed ; a second guard picked it up, and he was wounded ; then Lieut. Will Davis, of Company D, took it up, and he was killed. The flag was then carried by Capt. Charles Pickett, who was on the staff of his brother, Gen. George E. Pickett, but at the time was acting as aid-decamp to Colonel Hunton, then commanding the brigade, General Pickett having been wounded the day before at Gaines's Mill. Captain Pickett also received a bad wound, from which he never fully recovered. As soon as able Sergeant Hutchison rejoined his regiment and took part in the battle of Second Manassas, where a piece of shell cut off the flagstaff in his hands. He also carried the flag in the engagements at Boonesboro Gap and Sharpsburg.
In the fall of 1862 Sergeant Hutchison was elected lieutenant of his company. He was in Pickett's famous charge at Gettysburg, where he was wounded, captured, and sent to Fort Warren and from there to Johnson's Island, where he was kept during the winter of 1863-64. He was then sent to Point Lookout and later was one of the six hundred officers at Morris Island put under fire of the Confederate guns at Charleston. He was released from Morris Island in December, 1864. His health was greatly impaired by his long confinement and was never entirely recovered. He was in every engagement of his command until his capture.
"Confederate Veterans 1916".

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  • Created by: Scott Hutchison
  • Added: 25 Jan 2005
  • Find A Grave Memorial 10378439
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Lieut Benjamin Hixson Hutchison (20 Feb 1836–19 Dec 1914), Find A Grave Memorial no. 10378439, citing Prospect Hill Cemetery, Prince William County, Virginia, USA ; Maintained by Scott Hutchison (contributor 46635174) .