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Federal (USV)


James Van Horn Benton

(1837 - 1916)

Home State: Minnesota

Branch of Service: Sharpshooters

Unit: Minnesota Sharpshooters, Second Company

Before Antietam

Age 24, from Wyoming, MN, he mustered as Private, Second Company, Minnesota Sharpshooters on 6 March 1862.

On the Campaign

He was wounded in the hip in action at Antietam on 17 September 1862.

The rest of the War

He was discharged for disability on 5 January 1863.

References & notes

Casualty information from Nelson1. Service from Minnesota in the Civil and Indian Wars,2 as James H. Benton. His gravesite is on Findagrave.


03/28/1837; Schenectady, NY


01/12/1916; St. Paul, MN; burial in Oakland Cemetery, Saint Paul, MN


1   Nelson, John H., As Grain Falls Before the Reaper: The Federal Hospital Sites and Identified Federal Casualties at Antietam, Hagerstown: John H. Nelson, 2004, pg. 130  [AotW citation 16402]

2   State of Minnesota, Board of Commissioners, Minnesota in the Civil War and Indian Wars 1861-1865, 2 volumes, St. Paul: Pioneer Press Company, 1890-93, Vol. 1, pg. 517  [AotW citation 21255]