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CPL Benjamin P Denson

CPL Benjamin P Denson

Birth
Worcester County, Maryland, USA
Death 6 Feb 1865 (aged 36)
Virginia, USA
Burial Hopewell, Hopewell City, Virginia, USA
Plot , 3839
Memorial ID 3072064 · View Source
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Benjamin served in Company G, 1st Delaware Infantry during the Civil War.

His family name was actually "Denston" but he probably couldn't read or write and during the Civil War all the records spelled his name "Denson."

He originally joined the First Eastern Shore Regiment in 1861. He was mustered out of that regiment in Oct. 1864 and joined the Delaware Infantry as a substitute for a John W. Webb.

Benjamin was captured Oct 28 near Weldin Railroad and paroled. The Provost Marshall at City Point, Virginia sent him home to Maryland, but then he was ordered to go back to his regiment.

He was sent back with prisoners and was put in jail for 10 days, but requested a hearing and was sent back to his regiment.

Benjamin was taken ill and died at City Point Hospital in Virginia of "Acute rheumatism."

His family never knew what happened to him. It was rumored he deserted or was executed or killed in action. It was only recently discovered that he had enlisted in the Delaware infantry and died in Virginia.


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  • Maintained by: Russ Pickett
  • Originally Created by: US Veterans Affairs Office
  • Added: 4 Mar 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 3072064
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for CPL Benjamin P Denson (Aug 1828–6 Feb 1865), Find A Grave Memorial no. 3072064, citing City Point National Cemetery, Hopewell, Hopewell City, Virginia, USA ; Maintained by Russ Pickett (contributor 46575736) .