Monday, June 04, 2007

Meet Pvt. Benajah Hodge

It was nice to see someone remembered Civil War soldier Benajah Hodge. A private in the 25th Massachusetts, Hodge is buried in a picturesque hillside cemetery in Collinsville, Conn., where nearly all the veterans' graves I saw were marked with an American flag on Memorial Day.

Hodge was a 37-year-old blacksmith when he enlisted in the Union army on July 26, 1862. The 25th saw heavy action in North Carolina under Gen. Ambrose Burnside. Hodge also participated in the bloody Union defeat at Cold Harbor in Virginia and was wounded at Petersburg on June 15, 1864. Hodge mustered out of the army in Oct. 20, 1864.

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