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Leonard D Sumner Benedict

Born Born 1834 Webster, Monroe co., NY
Married Married Date Lucy L Jannary at Location
Died Died 6 Apr 1865 Petersburg, Virginia


  • Father:Eli Benedict; 1810-1897
  • Mother:Elizabeth ? ca 1812-ca 18953

Children: no issue

Leonardís Military Records

U.S. Civil War Soldier Records and Profiles
Name: Leonard Benedict Age at enlistment: 29 Enlistment Date: 26 Dec 1863 Rank at enlistment: Private Enlistment Place: Rochester, NY State Served: New York Survived the War?: No Service Record: Enlisted in Company Batty M, New York 4th Heavy Artillery Regiment on 26 Dec 1863. Mustered out on 05 Apr 1865 at South Side Railroad, VA. Birth Date: abt 1834 Sources: New York: Report of the Adjutant-General

1890 Census, Veterans Schedule, Rochester, Monroe, New York; Roll: 55; Page: 4; Enumeration District: 115.

Veteran's Name: Leonard S Benedict. Relative's Name: Lucy Benedict. Relationship to veteran: Widow Home in 1890: Rochester, Monroe, New York Year enlisted: 24Dec1863 Rank: Private. Co K, NY. Killed 6Apr1865


Leonard b 1834 Civil War, believed lost. In 1958 a man came to Webster searching for his grave.

Per Family Information:
Children of ELI BENEDICT and ELIZABETH are:
1) LEONARD D. S. BENEDICT b. Bet. 1833-1834, New York State m. LUCY L., Abt. 1867; b. Abt. 1845; d. 07 Mar 1914, West Webster NY.
2) WILLIAM F. BENEDICT b. Bet. 1835-1837, Monroe County, prob. Webster, NY d. 1909, West Webster NY m. JENNIE Bef. 1866; b. Bet. 1841-1842, Wayne County, NY.
3) SARA J. BENEDICT56, b. Bet. 1840- 1841
4) MARION L. BENEDICT b. 1844.
6) MARY A. BENEDICT b 1849, Monroe County, NY d. 1933, West Webster NY. m. (1) EDWARD FIELD, Aft. 1871; b. Bet. 1849 - 1850, Pennsylvania; m. (2) FULLINGTON Aft. 1871; b. Abt. 1847.
7) CHARLES H. BENEDICT b. 1852, Monroe county, NY.

Census Records

1850 US Federal Census: Webster, Monroe, New York; Roll: M432_528; Page: 443; Image: 610. 3Sep1850

  • Benedict, Eli, age 40, male, farmer, value of real estate: 2500, b CT
  • Benedict, Elizabeth U, age 37, female, b New Hampshire
  • Benedict, Leonard D S, age 16, male, b NY
  • Benedict, William F, age 13, male, b NY
  • Benedict, Sarah J, age 9, female, b NY
  • Benedict, Maria T, age 7, female, b NY
  • Benedict, Elizabeth C, age 5, female, b NY
  • Benedict, Mary A, age 10/12, female, b NY

1870 US Federal Census: Rochester Ward 2, Monroe, New York; Roll: M593_969; Page: 64; Image: 127. Aug1870. Hotel

* Benedict, Lucy, age 30, female, white, cook in hotel, b NY

1880 US Federal Census: Res: 30 Plymouth Avenue, Rochester, Monroe, New York; Roll: T9_862; Family History Film: 1254862; Page: 84.2000; Enumeration District: 76; Image: 0644. 9Jun1880. living with John Stevens Family

  • Benedict, Lucy, white, female, age 36, widow, seamstress, b NY, father b MA, mother b NY

1910 US Federal Census: Res: South Avenue, Rochester Ward 14, Monroe, New York; Roll: T624_991; Page: 2B; Enumeration District: 143; Image: 1113. 16Apr1910

  • Benedict, Lucy L, Head, female, white, age 68, wid, mother of 0, b NY, parents b unknown, own income
  • Jannary, Dolphis, brother, male, white, age 61, wid, b NY, parents b unknown, shoemaker, factory


Benedicts to America, Vol I, Pg 254
38. JOHN6 (Eleazer,5 Samuel,4 Samuel,3 Samuel,2 Thomas1)
b. Dec. 14, 1780; m. 1804, Lucinda, dau. Ezra Barnum of Danbury, b. March 6, 1785. He d. July 21, 1861, at W. Webster. She d 18Jul1870. Owned and operated first hotel in Webster, NY. Ch.
1) - EZRA CROSBY, b. 1805; m. Ida Jourdan, b. 1810, in Vt. He d. 1861, in Mich. Ch. (Census of 1855):
a) Abigail E., b. 1831;
b) John B., b. 1834
c) Ezra C.; lost a son in the war, probably John B.; has another son, James S., residing in Rochester.
2) - ERIC, b. 1807; d. at two years of age.
3) - ENUM, b. 1808; d. 1832, at Long Point, U. Canada.
4) (103.) ELI, b. 1801; m. Eunice Moody, b. 1812. in Mass. Res. West Webster. They had eight children. Census of 1855, gives:
a) Leonard, 21 yrs. old
b) William F., 18 yrs. old
c) Sarah I., 14 yrs. old
d) Eliza M., 11 yrs. old
e) Elizabeth, 9 yrs. old
f) Mary A., 5 yrs. old
g) Charles H., 3 yrs. old.
h) Son. Eli lost a son in the war. By Census of 1866, it appears: Leonard had wife Lucy, b. 1842. He had been in the army. Also, William had a wife Jenny, b. 1842.
5) - DANIEL SELA, b. 1812; d. 1832.
6) (104.) JOHN BARNUM, b. Feb. 1, 1820; m. Feb. 16, 1845, Ann Elizabeth, dau. Joseph B. Brush of N. Huron, b. May 20, 1827. Is a civil engineer, and res. at Cincinnati, Ohio. Ch.
a) Enum Sela, b. Sept. 17, 1854, at Rochester.
b) Alfred Barnum, b. April 2, 1856, at Rochester.

Benedicts to America, Vol II, Pg 254
103. Eli7, (John6, Eleazer,5 Samuel,4 Samuel,3 Samuel,2 Thomas1)
b 16Mar1810, m Eunice Elizabeth, dau Rufus and Lucretia Moody, b in MA in 1813. At the age of 5 months she was brought by her parents in a covered wagon to Williamson, NY. At age 19 she removed to Penfield, now known as Webster, NY. She d 10Oct1902 at age 89 near Webster. He was a armer and d 4Feb1879. Bur at West Webster Cem. CH:
1) - Leonard b 1834 Civil War, believed lost. In 1958 a man came to Webster searching for his grave.
2) - William F "Tripp" b 1837 West Webster, m Jennie Buck. His grandfather built the first hotel to operate in the town of Webster. He d 24Jul1909 of cancer of the stomach at age 72. Funeral was at M.E. Church at W Webster. Buried there. Res corner of Five Mile Line Road and Ridge Road. Farmer. CH
a) Carrie b 1867, m I.N. Stuart of W Webster
b) Ora b 1877 W Webster, m Mabel Elder, b 1882 Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. Rural mail carrier, d 1948. CH:
i) Vincent H b 1905 W Webster, m Luella M Coon, b 1907 Canton, PA. Printer. Res 338 Colebourne Rd, Rochester 9, NY. No children
3) - Sarah b 1841, m Mr Rundle of Spokane, WA
4) - Marion b 1843. no further record
5) - Eliza b 1845 m Mr Cole, Res Rochester, NY d 1934
6) - Elizabeth b 1847, m Mr Sharp. Res Banjor, NY d 1918 (sb Bangor, NY)
7) - Mary b 1849 m Mr Fullington, Res Rochester, NY, d 1933
8) - Charles b 1851, d 1918


He was killed the day after he mustered out!

The Southside Railroad was formed in Virginia in 1846. Construction was begun in 1849 and completed in 1854. It connected City Point, a port on the James River with the farm country south and west of Petersburg, Virginia, to Lynchburg, Virginia, a distance of about 132 miles.

The Southside Railroad was important to the Confederate States of America during the American Civil War (1861-1865). Ravaged by the war, it was rebuilt and later became an important part of Norfolk and Western and Norfolk Southern's coal route from the mountains to port at Hampton Roads.

Ironically, the City Point Railroad portion of the Southside Railroad was of great value to the Union forces during the Siege of Petersburg in 1864-65. General Ulysses S. Grant used and extended it to move supplies and troops from the port at City Point to the area south and east of Petersburg, operating it as the U.S. Military Railroad.

During the Union army's siege of Petersburg (June 15, 1864ĖApril 2, 1865), the City Point portion of the railroad was of vital importance to Union general Ulysses S. Grant. Controlling the rail system gave Grant the dual benefit of quickly moving and supplying his own army to the south and east of Petersburg while simultaneously refusing the entrenched Confederates food, supplies, and reinforcements. On April 1, 1865, the Union general Philip H. Sheridan defeated Confederate forces under George E. Pickett in the Battle of Five Forks, forcing General Robert E. Lee to abandon efforts to save Petersburg and the Confederate capital at Richmond. Faced with starvation and devoid of fresh troops, Lee maneuvered his Army of Northern Virginia west toward Lynchburg. Grant, in close pursuit, followed just below Lee's bedraggled army, utilizing the route of the Southside Railroad. This tactic prevented the Confederate army from turning south and allowed Grant to intercept food supplies destined for the Confederate troops in the town of Burkeville, about sixty miles west of Petersburg.

Unable to turn south and forced into a series of long night marches, Lee's forces continued west, hoping to resupply in Farmville. Exhausted and starving, large gaps began to appear in the retreating Confederate column. Detachments of Grant's army caught up to the rear-most section of Lee's army on April 6, 1865, at Sailor's Creek. Lee lost nearly a quarter of his army in the ensuing engagements causing him to remark, "My God, has the army been dissolved?"

The next morning, retreating survivors crossed the Southside Railroad's High Bridge. An impressive, 2,400-foot-long structure, the bridge was built with almost four million tons of brick and twenty-one piers to span the Appomattox River valley at a height of 160 feet. As Lee's remnant army crossed into Farmville, they attempted to burn it as they went, thereby severely limiting Grant's pursuit. Union forces, however, were able to extinguish the fire before it destroyed the bridge and continued their chase along the route of the Southside Railroad. Unable to feed or reinforce his exhausted army, Lee was forced to surrender on April 9, 1865, at Appomattox Court House.

April 6, 1865 - the Black Thursday of the Confederacy - Gen. Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia lost 7,700 men, including eight generals, in the Battle of Sailor's Creek. This defeat was key to Lee's decision to surrender at Appomattox Court House 72 hours later, thus ending the war in Virginia.

The National Park Service and the Commonwealth of Virginia both use the more recent name "Sailor's Creek" for this battle, but the historic name was "Sayler's", presumably named for a local property owner.

Petersburg is an independent city in Virginia, and is located on the Appomattox River, 23 miles south of Richmond. It is in Tri-Cities area of the Richmond-Petersburg region

-- SandeeToo - 21 Mar 2009
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