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Pvt John Bennifield

Pvt John Bennifield

Georgia, USA
Death 7 Jan 1865 (aged 28–29)
Camp Chase, Franklin County, Ohio, USA
Burial Columbus, Franklin County, Ohio, USA
Plot Grave No. 719 CC
Memorial ID 6287796 · View Source
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1860 United States Federal Census
Name: John Benefield
Age in 1860: 21
Birth Year: abt 1839
Birthplace: Georgia
Home in 1860: Heard, Georgia
Gender: Male
Post Office: State Line
Household Members - Name/Age:
John Benefield 56
Frances R Benefield 47
Henry Benefield 30
John Benefield 21
James B Benefield 18
Joseph J Benefield 16
George W Benefield 15
Robert Benefield 13
Hardy Benefield 12
Charles Benefield 10
Williams Benefield 8
Needham Benefield 6
Mary Benefield 24

(special thanks to Dennis Brooke for the following info)

The inscription on tombstone #719 reads "J. BENNIFIELD BEAUREGARD'S BATT'Y LA. C.S.A." Private John Benefield was with Captain Beauregard's Company of the South Carolina Light Artillery otherwise known as Ferguson's Company of Light Artillery. This unit had nothing to do with the State of Louisiana. The company was commanded in part by Rene T. Beauregard the son of the famous Confederate General P.G.T. Beauregard.

Seldom in American History would a family household agonize over the deaths of five sons but this rare occurrence plagued the Benefield family of Heard County, Georgia during the War Between the States and John Benefield was the last of the five sons to die during the war.

The compiler finds it interesting to note that the sons had evaded the 1st Confederate Conscription Act on April 17, 1862. With the 2nd Confederate Conscription Act implemented in July of 1863 and with Governor Joseph Brown of Georgia starting to consolidate information about military aged males within the State which later became the 1864 Georgia census the eligible men in the Benefield family could not conceal their potential military status any longer.

According to all five sons of military age in the Benefield family enlisted on December 5, 1863 at Atlanta, Georgia in Captain Beauregard's Company of the South Carolina Light Artillery and within six weeks after enlistment four of the five brothers were reported as sick and died within their native State of Georgia.

The compiler notes the 1850 United States census spelled the surname as Bennifield and in the 1860 United States census spelled the surname as Benefield. The Confederate Compiled Military Service Records also reported the surname as spelled as Bennefield. Whenever a family member died during the war it was common for a family member to file a claim for monies due the loved one. The father filed three such claims for his sons and his signature clearly states his name was John Benefield. The father used a lawyer named Walton to file for his fourth son.

The compiler also notes John and Francis Benefield the parents of the five lost sons had moved from Heard County, Georgia to the adjacent county of Randolph County, Alabama after the war and their stone markers reported the name Benefield. Other family members in the 1860 census also reported their stones as spelled as Benefield. From the compilers experience the National Cemetery Administration will not change a tombstone due to a spelling variation but may change the tombstone due to a incorrect unit as this biography states.

The 1860 United States census listed the following in the household of John and Frances, surname spelled as Benefield living in Heard County, Georgia with the nearest Post Office as State Line. The head of the household John Benefield was listed as age 56 and born about 1804 and listed his birth place as North Carolina and listed his occupation as a farmer. The wife was listed as Frances R. Benefield, age 47 born about 1813 and born in Georgia. Henry Benefield age 30 born about 1830 was listed as a student and born in Georgia. John Benefield (our subject) age 21, born about 1839 was listed as a student and born in Georgia. James B. Benefield age 18, born about 1842, was listed as a student and born in Georgia. Joseph J. Benefield age 16, born about 1844, was listed as a student and born in Georgia. George W. Benefield age 15, born about 1845, was listed as a student and born in Georgia. Robert Benefield age 13, born about 1847 had no listing for occupation and was born in Georgia. Hardy Benefield age 12, born about 1848 had no listing for occupation and was born in Georgia. Charles Benefield age 10, born about 1850, had no listing for occupation and was born in Georgia. Williams Benefield age 8, born about 1852, had no listing for occupation and was born in Georgia. Needham Benefield age 6, born about 1854, had no listing for occupation and was born in Georgia.

Private John Benefield was taken prisoner on December 17, 1864 near Franklin, Tennessee as a result of the battle of Nashville, Tennessee, fought on December 15th and 16th, 1864. He was transferred to Louisville, Kentucky, and then forwarded to Camp Chase where he arrived on January 4, 1865.

Although his Confederate Compiled Military Service Records reported his death on December 7, 1864 other sources such as the Selected Records of the War Department Relating to Confederate Prisoners of War, 1861-1865 as found on ancestry reported his death on Saturday,January 7, 1865 due to pneumonia. The death date of January 7, 1865 would be more in tune with the time of his death for two reasons. The first is obvious he could not have been taken prisoner after the battle of Nashville, Tennessee on December 17, 1864 and die on December 7, 1864. The second is numerically the death of John Benefield would have been correct insofar as the order of tombstones and death dates.

Bio by: Cousins by the Dozens

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Pvt. John Bennifield Co. C Beauregard's 5th La. Batty. Art. CSA

Gravesite Details Confederate POW who died in Yankee captivity during the Civil war of 1861-65




  • Created by: Herbert Rickards
  • Added: 25 Mar 2002
  • Find A Grave Memorial 6287796
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Pvt John Bennifield (18 ??? 1836–7 Jan 1865), Find A Grave Memorial no. 6287796, citing Camp Chase Confederate Cemetery, Columbus, Franklin County, Ohio, USA ; Maintained by Herbert Rickards (contributor 10274696) .