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from Biography & Historical Record of Ringgold County, Iowa

Lewis Publishing Company of Chicago, 1887, Pp. 294-95


Civil War Flags.jpg Benjamin TALBOT, who died at Sedan, Chautauqua County, Kansas, December 2, 1882, was a son of Allen F. and Lucy (LAWRENCE) TALBOT, who were among the old settlers of Ringgold County. The deceased spent many years of his life in Ringgold County, and subsequently removed to Kansas, where he found his last resting place.

At the outbreak of the civil war he offered his services, enlisting [July 4, 1861 at the age of 19 years] as a private in Company G, Fourth Iowa Infantry, and after serving his county for four years returned home a commissioned officer. [Benjamin was promoted to Corporal, then Full Sergeant on January 1, 1863; promoted to Full 2nd Lieutenant on August 3, 1865; mustered out of service at Louisville, Kentucky on July 24, 1865.]

After removing to the State of Kansas he acted as deputy sheriff of Chautauqua County, which office he held at the time of his death. He was a faithful officer, never shrinking from doing his duty. He was a kind husband and an affectionate father, and as neighbor and citizen was held in heigh esteem wherever he made his home.

He was a faithful member of the Christian church. He was a member of the Grand Army of the republic, and at his death T.N. KING, Commander of Stone River Post, No. 74, issued an order, calling a meeting of the post to make arrangements for the burial of their beloved brother, and seventy-two veterans were in attendance to pay the last tribute of respect to their dead comrade. They laid him to rest beneath the flag he honored and so gallantly defended.

NOTE: Benjamin W. TALBOT's Civil War pension was granted in June of 1882 for a gunshot wound he received while in service with Company G, 4th Iowa Infantry. Benjamin was born December 29, 1841, and died December 2, 1882 with interment at Greenwood Cemetery, Sedan, Kansas. Also interred at Greenwood Cemetery, was Lee TALBOT, born February 12, 1867, son of B. W. and E. A. TALBOT, died January 24, 1897; and A. K. TALBOT, born 1871, died 1917.

Ben W. Talbot G.A.R. Post 286, Tingley, Iowa, was named in his honor.

Biography & Historical Record of Ringgold County, Iowa, Pp. 294-95, 1887.

American Civil War Soldiers,

Transcription and note by Sharon R. Becker, January of 2009

Biographical Sketches Pages Index: A - F,   G - L,   M - R,  S - Z

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