Lieut Nathan E Benton

Lieut Nathan E Benton

Birth
Columbia County, Georgia, USA
Death 15 Sep 1862 (aged 30–31)
Burkittsville, Frederick County, Maryland, USA
Burial Hagerstown, Washington County, Maryland, USA
Memorial ID 133631649 · View Source
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Nathan E Benton, born about 1831, the son of Nelson Moore Benton (b. 08 Feb 1800 in Columbia County, Georgia, d. 17 Nov 1854 in Columbia County, Georgia) and Martha Ann Wooding (b. about 1815.)

Enlisted Jr 2nd Lieutenant July 19, 1861 in 16th Georgia Infantry Company K "Ramsey Volunteers" at Appling, Columbia County, GA. Elected 2nd Lieutenant June 14, 1862. Promoted to 1st Lieutenant July 1, 1862 as a result of the death of Capt Robert J Boyd (killed at Malvern Hill) and the subsequent promotion of 1st Lieut R. A. Lansdell .

Appears on a List of Casualties, of the 16th Regiment, Georgia Inf., in the engagement near Richmond, Va., July 1, 1862
N. E. Bentin [sic]
Cpl.,(?) Co K, 16 Reg't., Ga Inf
Dated July 18, 1862
Remarks: wounded in the leg slightly

According to a handwritten letter in his file dated Sept 11, 1863 by 1st Lt. George D Darsey , he was wounded September 14, 1862 at the Battle of Crampton's Gap (South Mountain) Burkittsville, Md. and died on September 15, 1862.

Battle of Cramptons Gap (South Mountain) preceded the Battle of Sharpsburg aka Antietam. About 500 Confederate soldiers, including the 16th Georgia under the leadership of Howell Cobb, were sent to defend the gap against advance of about 13,000 Union troop and slow their advance towards Sharpsburg. They were unsuccessful in defeating the opponent and suffered heavy casualties, but were able to delay the advance long enough to allow more time for Genl. Robt E Lee and the Army of Northern Virginia to become better organized. Of the 368 members of the 16th GA engaged at South Mountain (Crampton's Gap), 52% were disabled (wounded, killed, captured, or missing.)

Appears on the Register of Claims of Deceased Officers and Soldiers from Georgia which were filed for settlement....
N. E. Benton
Lt, Co K, 16 Rgt
By whom presented: Ida Benton, Wi
When filed: Feb 6, 1863
Where died: Crampton's Pass
Amount found due: 382.00

Burial is unknown, but many bodies were removed to this cemetery so I'd like to hope that he too has found a final resting place there.


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  • Created by: On the Trail
  • Added: 31 Jul 2014
  • Find a Grave Memorial 133631649
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Lieut Nathan E Benton (1831–15 Sep 1862), Find a Grave Memorial no. 133631649, citing Washington Confederate Cemetery, Hagerstown, Washington County, Maryland, USA ; Maintained by On the Trail (contributor 47231429) .