CPL John Benjamin Munger


CPL John Benjamin Munger

Elkton, Rockingham County, Virginia, USA
Death 18 Sep 1941 (aged 99)
Poolesville, Montgomery County, Maryland, USA
Burial Beallsville, Montgomery County, Maryland, USA
Plot Row G, Lot 31 Upper, Site 4
Memorial ID 71162182 View Source

- William Henry Munger
- Nancy Ellen (Burke) Munger

Married Eliza B. Huffman on September 26, 1867 in Page County, Virginia.

- Cora Ellen Munger [1868-1952]
- Ida Lillian Munger Campbell [1869-1899]
- Herbert Munger [1871-1873]
- Marvin Arthur Munger [1872-1959]
- Bessie Virginia Munger Arrington [1874-1971]
- Myra Estelle Munger [1876-1964]
- Effie C. Munger Fox [1878-1975]
- Ann Beulah Munger [1881-1961]

Confederate Veteran - Civil War
- 10th Regiment, Virginia Infantry, Company I

Heart That Carried Md. Gray Through 14 Battles Is Failing
Frederick News Post February 13, 1940

John Benjamin Munger, 97, last surviving soldier of the Civil War in Montgomery County, Md., was seriously ill last night at his home in Poolesville, Md. The strong heart that supported him well in 14 pitched battles in Stonewall Jackson's "foot cavalry" has started to weaken.

Active until the first part of the year, he was confined to bed shortly after the New Year. His condition has improved somewhat and he is allowed to sit up for short periods now but his condition is considered serious because of his heart.

He had planted and tended his garden at the Poolesville home every year, including last summer, and was proud of the vegetables he grew. Each year's Armistice Day services found him at the courthouse in Rockville to represent the Gray Legions until the services were discontinued several years ago. He was the principal figure at the Monocacy Cemetery Confederate memorial services each year.

Munger was born in Rockingham County, Va. He will be 98 April 17. At the age of 19 he enlisted in Company I, Tenth Virginia Infantry, Jackson's Division.

Munger was captured at the Battle of the Wilderness, but not his battle flag. He hastily rolled the flag and placed it between the bodies of two dead comrades on the field. Just prior to his capture, a cannon ball had struck the flat; pole and had knocked Munger to his knees, but he was not injured. Many bullet holes in the flag he carried attested to his having been in the thick of the battle, but by some quirk of fate he escaped wounding throughout his service. The flag now is in the possession of descendants of his officer Lieut. Miller. After his capture in June 1864, he was kept at Point Lookout for three months and then transferred to a prison at Elmira, N Y. "We were placed in an old building, weatherboarded and stripped." he wrote on a memorandum he prepared for his grandchildren telling of his experiences. "But still with many cracks, the cold air came in. We had only two stoves for each 100 men. We were kept in close confinement and hundreds died from lack of food and exercise."

He said that supplies were issued each Monday for the week and toward the end of the week it would dwindle. One loaf of bread would be cut into 12 pieces. Most of the prisoners suffered from hunger, he said. About April 1, the prisoners began making watch-chains from horsehair and other trinkets which they sold to eke out their slim food rations. He was released from prison June 27, 1865, after taking the oath of allegiance, and was taken to Harper's Ferry by train. From there he had to walk to his home in Harrisonburg, Va., arriving July 4.

He engaged in the lumber business for a number of years in Staunton. Va , and later operated a farm near Roanoke, Va. He went to Poolesville about 25 years ago.

The aged veteran enjoyed immensely a Thanksgiving Day reunion of his family, which includes a son, four daughters, 11 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren, at the Poolesville residence. He has been a great fisherman and often goes on little jaunts to nearby fishing spots with Judge Charles W Woodward, who until recently resided in Poolesville. Radio also is a hobby, with Amos 'n' Andy his favorite sketch.

Death Notice
"The Evening Star," Washington D.C., 19 Sept 1941
John B. Munger died at the age of 99. He left 6 children, 11 grandchildren, and 11 great-grandchildren. Services were held at his farm in Poolesville, MD at 2:30 p.m. on 20 Sept 1941. He was buried with full military honors, and had the Confederate battle flag draped upon his coffin.

John is believed to be the last Confederate veteran who lived in Montgomery County, Md. He served with the 10th Regiment, Virginia Infantry, Company I, during the Civil War. He was captured by the Union Army and imprisoned in Almira, NY.

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