Saturday, January 23, 2016

Benjamin F Skinner.

Benjamin F Skinner.

Birth: Dec. 3, 1842.
Death: 1895.

Wife: Luella Skinner.

Children: Joseph D. Skinner, Mary C. Skinner.

Burial: Oakland Cemetery, Manchester, Delaware County, Iowa.

Iowa First Cavalry, Co. G, Regimental History.


Ben. F. Skinner was born in Middleburg, Indiana, December 3d. 1842. and lived there until he was eleven years old. The family then removed to Delaware county. Iowa. His father was a shoemaker by
trade. After arriving in Iowa his father entered a large tract of land and went to farming. This did not suit the taste of the boy Ben. so he was apprenticed to the tinner's trade, at which he was at work when he enlisted as a private in Company G, First Iowa Cavalry, at Burlington, Iowa, August 15th, 1861.

During his term of service was on duty at General Herron's headquarters for nine months Returned to his company when the expedition to capture Little Rock was organized. Was sunstruck at Clarendon, Arkansas, and nearly lost his life. The Camden expedition nearly used him up, as he was sick nigh unto death until discharged at Davenport, Iowa, September 9th. 1864, as high private, and then he thanked God his soldier days were over. He is now a robust G. A. R. man. a tinner by trade, and lives at Manchester. Iowa ; and if any of old Company G pass his way, he invites them to be sure and call.

Friday, January 22, 2016

Robert William Mays.

Robert William Mays.

Birth: Sep. 30, 1842.
Death: Dec. 7, 1918.

Parents: Henry S. Mays (1815 - 1864), Matilda Rosannah Stroud Mays (1821 - 1905).

Wife: Laura Jane Gray Mays (1856 - 1905).

Children: Emma Sam Mays (1889 - 1889), William Addison Mays (1891 - 1891).

Siblings: Robert William Mays (1842 - 1918), Samuel Hardy Mays (1847 - 1923), John M. Mays (1850 - 1871).

Burial: Jackson City Cemetery, Jackson, Butts County, Georgia.

Georgia Thirtieth Infantry Co. F, Regimental History.

Robert W. Mays

Robert W Mays was a private who enlisted when quite a boy. He was born and raised in Butts County, where he has always lived. At the battle of Chickamauga he was se- verely wounded, the ball entering the lower part of the chest and passing out near the spine, which so disabled him a board of physicians retired him from the service. After regaining his strength he reentered the service, notwith standing his exemption, and was surrendered with Johnston's army in North Carolina in 1865.

He returned home after the war to his widowed mother, his father, Henry S. Mays, having been killed in service. His home being in the path of Sherman's army, he found nothing hut debt and poverty With but a limited education, he commenced the battle of life with a spirit of pride, endurance and ambition and has accumulated property which makes him one of the wealthiest men of his county. While he has a diploma of both law and medicine, he does not practice either, farming being his favorite occupation.

He is kind and sympathetic to the weak and oppressed. He was married after the war to Miss Laura Gray, who has since died, leaving him two children, Robert Lee and John Billy. In 1880- 1881, rerepresented Butts County in the Legislature. He now lives at Jackson, Ga., where he has a host of warm friends.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Benjamin Franklin Ward.

Benjamin Franklin Ward.

Birth: Apr. 1, 1845.
Death: May 18, 1873.

Burial: Smith Cemetery #2, Calloway County, Kentucky.

Kentucky Eighth Infantry, Co. F., Regimental History.

Benjamin F. Ward, Private, Enlisted October 24,, 1861, Mustered January  15, 1862, a t Lebanon, for 3 years.

Page 212,  As usual, every man in the regiment and brigade did his whole duty. B. F. Ward, Company F, an excellent shot, succeeded in silencing a  particularly annoying rebel sharpshooter, who had secreted himself in a niche of the irregular crown of the precipice. The rapidity of his shots were only accounted for by his comrades behind loading for him. Ben maneuvered until he obtained a position commanding a view of the annoying rebel's head. As the fog lifted above the mountain, Ben's unerring rifle cracked. The rapid shooter sprang forward, and fell on a ledge of rock twenty feet below. His hat, with a bullet hole in it, came to the base of the cliff. Ben lay there a long while, but no other daring rebel showed his head*at'that point.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Pvt Benjamin W Petway.

Pvt Benjamin W Petway

Birth: 1839.
Death: 1904.

Burial: Mount Olivet Cemetery, Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee.

Tennessee Twentieth Infantry Co. K. Regimental History.

B. W. Petway was the only survivor of this Company present at the re-union in 1903. He was severely wounded in the knee in front of Atlanta, July 22, 1864; was left on the field and taken to the Federal Hospital. Three months later, and after recovering from his wound, he was brought to Nashville, and confined in the penitentiary ; in November, 1864, he was taken to Camp Douglas, and in March, 1865, he was sent to Point Lookout, Md., to be exchanged, reaching there April 1, 1865, where he was held until he was paroled, June 20, 1865.

Monday, January 18, 2016

Seth C Hill.

Seth C Hill.

Birth: May 1, 1840.
Death: Dec. 1, 1927.

Parents; Warren & Sophia Hulburt Hill.

Wife: Lizzie M. Kendall Hill.

Married 1889.

Children: Bell M., Delmer J. Hill.

Burial: Lamoille View Cemetery, Johnson, Lamoille County, Vermont.

Vermont Eight Infantry Co. A., Regimental History.

Page 216, Hill then turned to assist a wounded companion who had fallen at his side, when an excited enemy made a lunge at him, his bayonet gliding between the body and arm. He sprang quickly away, and by an adroit movement knocked the rebel down with clubbed musket, and continued fighting until surrounded and forced into the enemy's ranks, but refused to surrender, when a side shot tore away his belt, cartridge box, and the flesh to his backbone, which crippled him to the ground ; but when Gordon's divisions swept the spot, some of the rebels wearing blue coats supposed to be taken from Crook's men, Hill rose and joined them in the charge, shouting with the rebels, and actually firing harmless shots at his own regiment. Hill was once challenged by a rebel officer, to whom he answered that he belonged to the Fourth Georgia.

the next stand made by the brigade on the pike, Hill rushed into the Union line, although exposed to the fire of his friends as well as his foes, and continued fighting till he sank to the ground from loss of blood, fell into the enemy's hands, and was again rescued at night.

Seth C. Hill, Private, Promoted Sergeant December 14, 1863:Promoted First Sergeant  February, 25, 1865.