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Benson Chenault Martin

Obituary of Capt. S. W. Benson, Marshall County, Mississippi.

At the home of his devoted daughter, Mrs. Georgia Martin, of Memphis, Tenn., Capt. S. W. Benson, better known among his host of friends as "Uncle Doc," answered the last call May 3, 1922, aged eighty-four years.

Captain Benson was born in Limestone County, Ala. His parents moved to Marshall County, Miss., in 1851, and he spent the greater part of his life in and around Byhalia, Miss.

Soon after his graduation from Union University at Murfreesboro, Tenn., war between the States was declared. He was one of the first to enlist as a private, and he was made captain of his Company (F), 17th Mississippi Regiment, in 1864. He was with General Lee's Army in Virginia, and never missed a battle his company was engaged in, except a minor engagement while he was home on a furlough recovering from a slight wound.

He fought at First and Second Manassas, Savage Station, Malvern Hill, Fredericksburg (two battles), Gettysburg, Chickamauga, Knoxville, The Wilderness, Cold Harbor (two battles), Berryville, Strasburg, Harper's Ferry, and Petersburg, where the fighting lasted several days.

Captain Benson was a brave soldier, an upright citizen, and a Christian gentleman, honored and esteemed by all who knew him.

[J. L. Chenault, a comrade.]

SOURCE: Confederate Veteran Magazine, September, 1922.

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