BENTON BADGLEY was born About 1826 in Highland County, Ohio.
It was here that he married ELIZA JANE BORDEN on October 19, 1848.
During the 1850 Census Benton and Eliza are living in White Oak Twp.
with their 1 year old daughter Caroline.
Benton is 24 years old and his occupation is Cooper, his wife is
listed at 23 years of age.
Benton first enlisted in the Civil War in 1861 and he died April 27, 1865
in the explosion of the Union Steamer Sultana, leaving 10 children
ranging in age from 16 years to an infant.
CIVIL WAR : Enlisted 1st
Note : The 48th Ohio Veteran Volunteer Infantry was recruited from
Highland County and the surrounding areas of southwestern Ohio
in the Fall of 1861, and the regiment organized in October at Camp Dennison.
The next April, as part of General Sherman's division, they find themselves
in the middle of the Confederate surprise attack at Shiloh, Tennessee.
Benton was wounded in the battle of Shiloh and was discharged by
reason of a surgeon's certificate of disability, Sept. 9, 1862.
CIVIL WAR : Enlisted 2nd.
BENTON BADGLEY : CIVIL WAR FILE:
Benton was taken prisoner by Rebel General Nathan Bedford
Forest's troops at Blockhouse # 14 on the Tennessee & Alabama
Rail Road on or about November 25, 1864, and remained in a
rebel prison until the end of the war. He was exchanged in
April, 1865, at Vicksburg, Mississippi.
He and hundreds of other exchanged prisoners were put on
the Union Steamer, Sultana, to be transported home.
The Sultana had come from New Orleans to Vicksburg to pick
up exchanged prisoners of war. At Vicksburg it received on
board 1,965 federal soldiers and 35 officers just released
from the rebel prisons at Cahaba, Alabama and Macon and
Benton Badgley was killed on April 27, 1865, when the Sultana's
boilers exploded at about 3:00 AM, on the Mississippi River, they
were about 8 miles north of Memphis, Tennessee.
Roll of Honor - 175th Regiment Ohio Volunteer Infantry
Name : Badgly, Benton - Company : G - Rank : Pvt -
Date: April 27, 1865 - Burial : On Steamer Sultana
He left behind his wife Eliza and the 10 children listed here.
Caroline born 1849 - Walker W. born 1850 - Rachel E. born 1851 -
Lilly born 1853 - William M. born 1855 - Clarinda born 1857 -
Nathanial born 1859 - Sarah B. born 1861 - Mary A. born 1863
and the baby Miriah who was born in January 1865.