Ben Thompson Civil War Record

Lisa Lach

Ben Thompson served in the Confederate Army during the Civil War in the 2nd Regiment Texas Mounted Rifles, commanded by Colonel John S. Ford.  On April 17, 1861, Company H of the 2nd Regiment Texas Mounted Rifles was organized, under Captain George. W. Hamner. At various times Captain Hamner’s Company H was also known as Captain Roark’s Company.

Dallas Weekly Herald, April 24, 1861:

“Capt Hamner’s Company was organized on the 17th, inst., and the following commissioned officers elected: H. Huber, Captain G. Wythe Baylor 1st Lieut. G. W. Hagler, 2nd; Dr. D. Ford, Surgeon. This is a fine company and would do good service against old Abe’s cohorts, if they should come down on the Border.”

 Ben Thompson enlisted as a Private in San Antonio on June 12, 1861, at the age of 17, in the 2nd Regiment Texas Mounted Rifles, Company H.

By December of 1861, Ben Thompson’s regiment was stationed at Fort Clark and he officially turned eighteen years old. In April 1862 Ben Thompson’s Regiment was at Camp Hudson and the regiment furloughed.

In April 1862, Ben’s regiment became the 2nd Texas Cavalry Co. F.  Company F was commanded by Captain Tobin and Ben’s brother Billy was also is the same regiment.

On January 1-2, 1863, Ben and Billy Thompson participated in the Battle of Galveston, particularly in capturing the SS Harriet Lane. Six month later, on June 20, 1863, Ben and Billy participated in the Battle of LaFourche Crossing in Louisiana. Four months after that, Ben Thompson is at home on leave and marries Catherine L. Moore.

In January of 1864, Ben re-enlists and spends the remainder of the Civil War along the Rio Grande under Rip Ford.

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