Benjamin F. Lindsey was one of eleven children. He was born on 13 Mar 1838 in Tallapoosa County, Alabama. His father, Joseph, born 1807, was an early pioneer and farmer in the new Alabama district. During the Civil War, Benjamin and his two brothers, William and Joseph Lindsey, signed up on the same day. The oldest brother, John G. Lindsey, remained in Alabama and later served in the Home Guard towards the end of the war. The brothers all served in the 14th Alabama Regiment, Company G, known as the Hillabee Blues. Records and narratives indicate that Benjamin was captured during the Peninsula Campaign but was released in a prisoner exchange. He was wounded and captured again during the battle at Antietam, Maryland (Sharpsburg) and was held as a prisoner of war at Union Ft. Monroe until the end of the war. In April 1865, records indicate that he was given some money and transportation to Jefferson County, Missouri.
We have little information about Benjamin following this point after the war until he married Amanda Ammons in St Louis on 19 May 1873. Again the trail went cold except that we know that his son, our grandfather, Joseph B. Lindsey was born 9 Dec 1874 in Collision, Vermilion County, Illinois. There were 3 other children, Leslie, Hazel and Robert E. Lindsey, all children of Benjamin F. Clinton County death records indicated that Benjamin F. Linsey (his surname was spelled without the "d") died on 16 Mar 1878 of pneumonia. He was buried in the Lake Branch Cemetery on 17 Mar 1878 and is believed to be one of the few Confederate soldiers buried in Clinton County. His wife Amanda, subsequently married W. K. Lewis on 19 March 1879, a little over a year from the day from Benjaminʼs death. We believe that W. K. and Amanda Lewis raised the children, all under the ages of 6 years, but have no substantiating information.
Submitted by: Tom Lindsey (Great-Grandson)
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