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 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.