Friday, August 30, 2013

Corporal Thomas Benton, U.S. Colored Infantry, 67th Regiment, Company E - My 3rd Great-Grandfather (UPDATE)

Regarding my last post, I contacted my cousin, James Hill III and told him about the memorial in Washington, DC.  James was already scheduled to go their in a few weeks so he asked me for all the details.  On August 27, 2013, James text me these photos of Thomas Benton's memorial. 

Plaque C-76 for the 67th Regiment,
United States Colored Infantry
Thomas Benton (Center, fourth row)

James (L) and Dr. Frank Smith, Executive Director of the African American Civil War Museum
In addition, I also discovered the following document on FOLD3 as a part of Thomas' official Military Civil War Record with the 67th Regiment, U.S. Colored Infantry:

Colored Volunteer Descriptive List for Thomas Benton
 This document shows that Thomas told the Military's Examining Surgeon that his former slave owner was "Henry McCabe."  The document also states that McCabe was a Loyalist of the Union.  Further research shows that McCabe served as Captain of the 8th Regiment, Missouri State Militia Calvary, Company E, in Springfield, Missouri.