Monday, November 7, 2016

Military Tuesday

Benjamin William Henry Lee:
Confederate Soldier

The Drucilla Lee mother of Benjamin W. H. Lee sent two of her sons off to fight in the Confederate Army during the War Between the States. She lost her husband about 1859 and her oldest daughter that I have been able to find. Then comes the War Between the States and the risk of losing her two sons was probably almost unbearable for her. Benjamin W. H. was twenty-one years old when he enlisted as a private at 13 May 1862 in Loachapola, Alabama by Eli D. Clower for a three year period. He was in Company F, 47th Regiment, Alabama Infantry. Benjamin W. H. Lee was born in Tallapoosa County, Alabama 27 September 1841.

B. W. H. Lee Private, Co. f. 47th Alabama was on the roll of prisoners of War. He was paroled by Brevgt. Brig. Genl. M. H. Chrysler commanding U. S. forces at Talladega, Alabama May 25, 1865.

August 2, 1862  B. W. H. Lee appears on a Register of the General Hospital  in Farmville, Virginia. His complaint diarrhea. He was admitted  and discharged from service Oct 6, 1862. October 16, 1862 he was sick again and he had a "contraction of  elbow and wrist joint from effects of old fracture of arm and recent abscess." He was treated at the C. S. A. General Hospital in Farmville, Virginia. He was in the hospital three months.

He was given a Certificate of Disability for Discharge October 1863. He wasn't able to perform his duties. He was examined and found to be incapable of performing the duties of a soldier because of the injuries and abscess. There is some confusion about his actual discharge date. On one record it states that B. W. H. Lee was paroled on May 25, 1865 in Talladega, Alabama.

Benjamin William Henry Lee served his country and made a sacrifice for his service. He was injured and per family story he would not allow his arm to be "cutoff" so they left him along the side of the road until someone came by and took him to see a doctor. He survived his injuries and went home to his family. January 23, 1882 Benjamin W. H. was going home from Childersburg and was killed when the young mule pulling his buggy was spooked, ran and through Benjamin from his buggy.  He left a widow, whom was expecting their tenth child, and nine other children.


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