Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Benjamin F. Stoughton

Died April 26, 1862, at Louisville, Ky., of wounds received in the battle of Shiloh, April 6, 1862. Born in Clinton County, New York; had lived only a short time in Iowa when he enlisted, Feb. 16, 1862; aged twenty-four; unmarried; he had been in the service forty days when wounded. While the l5th Iowa was lying in front of the enemy at Shiloh, the balls passing close to their heads, Stoughton raised up to fire, when a ball took off a portion of his skull. The company fell back and left him in the rebel lines, and he was not found by his comrades until April 8. When found, he was sitting under a tree, with a wet cloth on his head. A soldier of the enemy had given Stoughton a canteen of water. The brain was swollen and protruding from the skull, the bigness of a hen's egg. He walked to the hospital, led by a comrade. His mother lives in Clark County, Iowa. Mr. Randall, of Peoria City, was Stoughton's brother-in-law.

Captain A. G. Studer says of Stoughton : —

"He was a splendid soldier, of fine appearance — well grown and strong; was as good a man as he was good looking; of jovial disposition; loving discipline. It is my opinion, as well as that of the surgeon of the regiment, that if his case had been properly attended to he might have lived. He would not give up his hopes of life. When the surgeon ordered his removal to a hospital boat at Pittsburg Landing, for transportation to a Northern hospital, he instructed the soldiers carrying him on the litter to keep step, according to drill, counting himself 'one,' 'two,' 'left,' 'right,' in order to ease the movement and alleviate his intense pains. He was a brave, patriotic, and excellent soldier in every respect. He had been in the three months' service, as one of Lew. Wallace's Zouaves, in Virginia."

SOURCE: Leonard Brown, American Patriotism: Or, Memoirs Of Common Men, p. 215-6

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