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Re: Surry Light Artillery
Posted by: J Rigney Date: January 14, 2001 at 23:12:06
In Reply to: Surry Light Artillery by Ria Hendrix of 1389

Hi, Ria my great grandfather was in the surry Light Artillery. He was Benton Davis Thomas. Where would he be listed?

He entered the Confederate army in dec. of 1862 as a Private in Lightfoot's battalion, artillery, Army of Northern Va. He was also in the Surry Light Artillery. He was 18 years old.
The young private was engaged in battles at Fort walthall, Swift creek, Fort stevens, Darbytown and in skirmishes around Richmond. He was wounded at Fort Stevens, may 14, 1864. He was later captured (while on sick furlough in Petersburg ) and put in a prison near richmond(possible a makeshift Union prison camp) and the family would take food to him. He spent 4 years in the war, spending part of the time as a prisoner of war.

He is listed in one book I saw, can't put my finger on it right now. Do you have any info on him?. Benton Davis Thomas b June 22, 1844 at Petersburg, Va. Confederate soldier civil WAr. d. at Norfok, Va. april 13 1904 Married to Fanny Adeline Oster.

Thanks again, Your friend, Jean Thomas Grant Rigney


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