John Benedict

DeathAug. 31, 1888
CemeteryGreenwood (Crofton)
PostIrwin (Creighton)
Unit5th Michigan Cavalry, Company M

Private John Benedict

Company M, 5th Michigan Cavalry

Benedict was born in either 1841 or 1842. An exact date of birth was not available. He was living in Pulaski (Jackson County), Michigan when he enlisted and was mustered in the regiment on September 3, 1862. Michigan enlistment records indicate that he was 21 years old at the time of his enlistment. Benedict was promoted to corporal on April 5, 1865. He served about 33 months and was mustered out on June 19, 1865 at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.

The 5th Michigan Cavalry was organized and mustered at Detroit on August 30, 1862. The regiment was part of the Michigan Brigade which was commanded by General George Custer. The Brigade was part of the Calvary Corps of the Army of the Potomac. The unit fought in many major battles and military campaigns during the Civil War. A partial list includes:

Battle of Gettysburg (PA) (July 1-3, 1863).

Battle of the Wilderness (VA) (May 6-7, 1864).

Battle of Cold Harbor (VA) (June 1-12, 1864).

General Sheridan’s Shenandoah Valley Campaign (August-October 1864).

At Appomattox Court House (VA) (April 9, 1865) when General Lee surrendered the Army of Northern Virginia.

Grand Review of the Troops (Washington DC) (May 23, 1865).

The regiment was moved to Fort Leavenworth, Kansas on June 1, 1865. The majority of the regiment was mustered out by June 23, 1865.

The regiment lost 8 soldiers, 31 were wounded, and 3 were taken prisoners during the 3 days of fighting at the Battle of Gettysburg. The Battle of Trevillian Station (VA) (June 11-12, 1864) was part of Sheridan’s Campaign. On June 11, 1864 the regiment reported that 5 soldiers were killed, 124 were taken captive, and 33 were reported missing. Private Benedict was one of the soldiers that were captured. The length of time that he was held captive was not available.

Benedict died on August 31, 1888 and is buried in the Greenwood Cemetery in Creighton (Knox County), Nebraska. He was a charter member of the Irwin Post (#70) of the Grand Army of the Republic in Creighton.

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Note: Veteran bios were compiled and written by Dean Podoll.