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First Sergeant George H. Benton 98th New York Infantry

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Wonderful carte view identified as George Benton of the 98th New York Volunteer Infantry. George would muster as a private with Company I in November, 1861. Over the next 4 years he would steadily rise through the ranks ending the war as a 1st lieutenant. Corporal, sergeant, 1st sergeant and lastly to lieutenant in October, 1864. The 98th New York would be assigned to the 3d brigade, 3d division, 4th corps, with which it embarked for the Peninsula; was present at the siege of Yorktown and the battles of Williamsburg and Savage Station, but was not closely engaged until the battle of Fair Oaks, where the total loss of the regiment was 71 killed, wounded or missing. It was held in reserve during the Seven Days’ battles and stationed at Yorktown at the time of the second battle of Bull Run. Assigned to the Department of North Carolina in Dec., 1862, it became a part of the 1st brigade, 2nd division, 18th corps in Jan., 1863, and served until the following October at various posts held by that corps. Returning to Virginia, it served until April, 1864, at Newport News, Portsmouth and in the Currituck district, and was then attached to the 1st brigade, 1st division, 18th corps, until the organization of the 24th corps in December, when it became a part of the 3d division of that corps, with which it remained during the war. It was engaged at Swift creek and Proc-tor’s creek, Drewry’s bluff and Bermuda Hundred, in May, 1864; joined the Army of the Potomac before Cold Harbor and there lost 114 in killed, wounded and missing; was active in the battles at Fort Harrison, Fair Oaks, and in the final assault on the Petersburg works, April 2, 1865. This view shows George wearing his 1st sergeants rank and veterans stripes following his re-enlistment in January, 1864. Back marked out of Palmyra, New York, George presumably sat for this image while back home on furlough in early 1864. While this view is not identified itself, there is another view of Benton listed on the HDS which confirms the id. Super nice view!

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