Son of Patrick Hues Mell (1814-1888) and Lurene Howard Cooper (1819-1861)
Benjamin, born at Oxford, Ga., August 27, 1841. He graduated at the University of Georgia in 1861 with the degree of Bachelor of Arts, taking the first honor in a class of twenty-two students.
Immediately upon the declaration of war between the States, he enlisted as a private in the second company raised in Athens, Ga. called "The Mell Volunteers", and was shortly afterwards ordered with his company to join the Army of Northern Virginia, and his company became a part of Cobb's Legion. He soon rose to the office of First Sergeant of his company. On the 14th of September, 1862, during the raging of the battle at Crampton Pass, Md., Sergeant Benjamin Mell was severely wounded by a minie ball through the right arm and breast. After remaining on the battlefield without attention for many hours he was taken prisoner and carried to Burkittsville, Md. An old church there had been made a temporary hospital but it was overcrowded and the young man was laid in the churchyard by the gate. Mr. T.S. Lee, a Southern sympathizer and kind, hospitable man, saw Benjamin in this comfortless, neglected condition, and obtained permission to carry the wounded soldier to his house, where the family of this philanthropic man administered to the wants of the Confederate until his death, which occurred October 21st, 1862, from the combined effects of his wound and pneumonia contracted from long exposure on the battlefield. He lies buried in St. Mark's Churchyard, Petersville, Md. A substantial tombstone of granite marks his grave. He was a young man of consistent Christian character, refined, dignified and courteous manners, noble, lovable disposition and talents of the first order. (from The Genealogy of the Mell Family in the Southern States; By Patrick Hues Mell & Annie R. White Mell; Published Auburn, Alabama, 1897; author was a brother of Benjamin)
Of Athens, Ga. Wounded at Crampton's Gap, Sept. 14, 1862, died Oct. 21, 1862, aged 21 years.
He died as he had lived, a Christian. Fond hearts will always mourn his loss.
George Sumner Mell
Emma Virginia Mell
Ellen Lurene Mell
Patrick Hues Mell
William Henry Mell
Mary Ann Mell Smith
Thomas Sumner Mell