Benjamin Franklin Mayhew
Andersonville Prison Records

Adjutant General's Office,
Washington, D. C.
Aug. 21, 1866

Sir:

    I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt from your Office of application for Pension No. 131344 (?) and to return it herewith, with such information as is furnished by the files of this Office.

    It appears from the Rolls on file in this Office, that Benjamin F. Mayhew was enrolled on the 19 day of April, 1862, at Ridgeville in Co. I 10 Regiment of W. Virginia Volunteers, to serve three years, or during the war, and mustered into service a Sergeant on the 19 day of May 1862, at Piedmont Va. in Co. I, 10th Regiment of W. Virginia Volunteers, to serve three years, or during the war. On the muster Roll of Co. I of that Regiment, for the months of Sept. & Oct. 1864, he is report Died at Andersonville, GA, July - 1864 while a prisoner of war. Date of (illegible).

    I am Sir very respectfully
                Your obedient servant,
                            (signature illegible)
                            Assistant Adjutant General

The Commission of Pensions
    Washington, D. C.

    Memoranda
Name of applicant (blank)
Address (blank)


MEMORANDUM FROM PRISONER OF WAR RECORDS   No. ________

NAME

RANK

ORGANIZATION

INFORMATION OBTAINED FROM -

Mayhew, Benjamin F.

S

No. of
Reg't.

State

Arm of
Service

Co.

Records of -

Vol.

Page

Vol.

Page

10

Va.

I

I

Mis

39

184

 

 

Captured at Patterson Creek Va. Jan. 1, 864, confined at Richmond, Va., Jan. 8, 1864. Sent to Americus, Ga March 10/64.
Admitted to Hospital at ..............................
where he died..............................., 186   , of ..................................
Paroled at ......................................., 186   ; reported at Camp Parole, Md. ................................, 186   .
....................................No later record..................................................
See Mahen


These above records were sent to Lonny J. Watro on May 25, 2000, along with the following cover letter:

United States Department of the Interior
NATIONAL PARK SERVICE
Andersonville National Historic Site
Route 1, Box 800
Andersonville, Georgia 31711
(912) 924-0343

K 14(ANDE)

May 25, 2000

 

Mrs. Lonny J. Watro
Route 2, Box 112
Keyser, WV  26726

Dear Mrs. Watro:

Thank you for your interest in collecting information on an ancestor of yours that was held at Andersonville Prison, or Camp Sumter, as it was officially known. It is indicated in the file that Sergeant Mayhew was indeed held at Andersonville and did possibly die at Andersonville. The record shows that he died in July of 1864 but it has no exact date or grave number. There is a possibility that Sergeant Mayhew was buried as an unknown soldier due to problems with identifying people during that time.

There are files that are missing of individuals that were held and/or died here and we are still trying to find more information on these individuals. Enclosed with this letter is a copy of the process for receiving information from the National Archives. We would greatly appreciate any information that you could forward to us in the event that you receive any information from the National Archives. Also included is information on how to receive information from the State Archives of West Virginia.

If you have any questions about anything or if we can help you in any way, please contact us at (912) 924-0343.

Sincerely,

Gabriel Laster
Park Ranger

Enclosure(s)

SUBMITTED JULY 24, 2001 BY LONNIE WATRO

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