Note; this is an article that somehow was lost in ‘draft’ purgatory. While looking for a few locations this morning I stumbled on it. I am publishing this ‘as is’ just as we walk out the door to head for another old military cemetery.
I’m not sure this is fair, all the other head stones were simple and lined with other military veterans. It took some work to find their information. I knew this one would be easier, I almost skipped it for that reason.
A while back I decided to select a military headstone and research the person buried there. I was surprised to discover that with enough work there was usually records available.
Confederate Officer, Benjamin J. Johnson was a field officer in the South Carolina‘s “Hampton Legion”, having been appointed to the rank of lieutenant colonel on or about May 3, 1861. On July 21, 1861, on the battlefield of 1st Manassas, he was mounted, “riding up and down the line” when in an instant, a cannon ball to the head ended his life. Wade Hampton, the namesake of the Legion, recalled that Johnson “fell with the utmost coolness and gallantry.”