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Confederate (CSV)


Benjamin Preston Herbert

(1843 - 1913)

Home State: Alabama

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 5th Alabama Infantry

Before Sharpsburg

In 1860 he was 17 years old and living with his widowed father Edward Hampton Herbert, Register in Chancery (court clerk), and siblings in Hayneville, Lowndes County, AL. He enlisted as a Private in Company E (later M), 6th Alabama Infantry on 16 May 1861 in Montgomery, and transferred to the band of the 5th Alabama Infantry as a Drummer after August 1861.

On the Campaign

He was captured in action near Turner's Gap on South Mountain on 14 September 1862.

The rest of the War

He was held at Fort Delaware to 2 October, then sent to Aiken's Landing, VA for exchange. He was briefly in a hospital in Richmond, VA with dysentery in October, then sent home on a 30 day furlough. He was declared exchanged on 10 November 1862. He was captured at Petersburg, VA on 2 April 1865 and held at Point Lookout, MD until 13 June 1865, when he was released after taking an oath of allegiance.

References & notes

His service from his Compiled Service Records,1 online from fold3; thanks to Miles Krisman for the pointer to him. In some records he was listed as a Private in Company K of the 5th Infantry. Personal details from family genealogists and the US Census of 1860. His gravesite is on Findagrave.

He was one of 5 brothers in Confederate service.

He married Ella A Sadler (1845-1930) in December 1880.


01/11/1843; Hayneville, AL


03/16/1913; Prattville, AL; burial in Rocky Mount Cemetery, Elmore County, AL


1   US War Department, Compiled Service Records of Confederate Soldiers, Record Group No. 109 (War Department Collection of Confederate Records), Washington DC: US National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), 1903-1927  [AotW citation 28004]