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Bennights Mill

michele (View posts)
Posted: 28 Oct 2006 4:08AM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: BENNIGHT
Looking for information about the scermis(?sp) at Bennights Mill. Is there anyone who knows anything about this?? This, I have been told involved my Bennight family.

Re: Bennights Mill

Posted: 13 Mar 2010 3:18PM GMT
Classification: Query

Michele,

I know this is in response to a posting that is four years old, but it doesn't hurt to ask. Have you had any luck finding more information on the skirmish that took place at the mill? I understand it was on September 1st 1861. My ancestor was wounded there and lost his leg as a result. He was with a Missouri Milita unit formed in Phelps county. His Captain was John W Bennight. The unit was called Bennight's Independent Company, and was in service from July of 1861 to September 20th 1861. The unit had 63 members. The skirmish was against Col. Freeman. Please let me know if you have any more info to share.

Thank You

Lisa

Re: Bennights Mill

Posted: 16 Mar 2010 2:35AM GMT
Classification: Query
Lisa,
Hope this helps.
Liberty
Other Names: Blue Mills Landing, Blue Mills
Location: Clay County
Campaign: Operations to Control Missouri (1861)
Date(s): September 17, 1861
Principal Commanders: Lt. Col. John Scott [US]; “General” D.R. Atchison (Atkinson) [CS]
Forces Engaged: Detachments of 3rd Iowa Infantry, Home Guards, and artillery (approx. 600 men) [US]; 4th Division, Missouri State Guard [CS]
Estimated Casualties: 126 total (US 56; CS 70)
Description: “General” D.R. Atchison left Lexington on September 15, 1861, and proceeded to Liberty where he met the Missouri State Guard. On the night of September 16-17, his force crossed the Missouri River to the south side and prepared for a fight with Union troops reported to be in the area. At the same time, Union Lt. Col. John Scott led a force of about 600 men from Cameron, on the 15th, towards Liberty. He left his camp in Centreville, at 2:00 am on the 17th. He arrived in Liberty, sent scouts out to find the enemy, and, about 11:00 am, skirmishing began. At noon, Scott marched in the direction of the firing, approached Blue Mills Landing and, at 3:00 am, struck the Confederate pickets. The Union force began to fall back, though, and the Rebels pursued for some distance. The fight lasted for an hour. The Confederates were consolidating influence in northwestern Missouri.

Result(s): Confederate victory
John W. Bennight was a Captain in the Missoui Home Guard

Re: Bennights Mill

Posted: 16 Mar 2010 12:30PM GMT
Classification: Query
Dianne,

Thank you for the information. This must have taken place after the skirmish at Bennights mill on Sept 1st. Our ancestor would not have been in this skirmish as he had lost his leg just 14 days prior. I found John W Bennight's
registration card and it stated that he was also wounded at Bennights Mill however it did not decribe the injury.

Thank You,

Lisa

Re: Bennights Mill

Posted: 20 Mar 2010 5:55AM GMT
Classification: Query
Lisa,
Could you give me more info on Bennight's Mill and where it was located. John W. Bennight was my great great grandfather's (Joseph Buchannan Bennight) brother.
Thanks,
Dianne

Re: Bennights Mill

Posted: 20 Mar 2010 1:36PM GMT
Classification: Query
http://www.sos.mo.gov/archives/soldiers/details.asp?id=S4850...#

This is the site to get a copy of John W Bennights Civil War registration card.

From what I could find out Bennights Mill was on the Saline in Miller County Mo, I emailed the historical society there and the response I received said that their county had many mills, it's possible that it was there and is now gone.

http://www.millercountymuseum.org/commerce/milling.html#wrig...

If you go to this site, look down the page for Miller County Mills and it mentions the Bennight Mill being built by a William Bennight.

Hope this helps,

Lisa

Re: Bennights Mill

Posted: 21 Mar 2010 1:53AM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Bennight
Hello.

It has been a while since I worked on this, but I am pretty sure that Bennight's Mill was somewhere near these coordinates, south of Highway 49 and the current town of Dillard in the Mark Twain National Forrest. According to some land records, Bennight's owned land here and the newspaper account I saw seemed to match this area. Plus, there are still some records of other mills near here. I've never been there, but I plan on going someday. William Miller Bennight is my Grandfather, brother of Joseph Bennight and uncle to John Bennight.


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Re: Bennights Mill

Posted: 21 Mar 2010 1:54AM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Bennight
And I would love to reconcile and correct any information that I have. Let me know if you all can confirm or correct some of the info I have.

Re: Bennights Mill

Posted: 21 Mar 2010 2:03AM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Bennight, Null, Tyree, Tennyson, Haugh
FYI. My Bennight Line:

Benjamin Joseph Bennight (my Son)

Robert Lee Bennight (me)
Kathy Whitney (wife)

Benny Joe Bennight (dad)
Roberta Haugh (Mom)

Elmer Lee Bennight (grandfather)
Lucy Jo Tennyson (grandmother)

Peter Patchlin Bennight (great-grandfather)
Emma Belle Null (great-grandmother)

William Miller Bennight (great, great, grandfather)
Mary Melvina Tyree (great, great, grandmother)

Unknown Bennight (One census record shows that William Miller Bennight's father was born in Ireland). Not sure.

Re: Bennights Mill

Posted: 21 Mar 2010 3:12PM GMT
Classification: Query
Robert,

Thank you for the information. Is your William Bennight the William that built the mill? The newspaper article you refer to, was it about the skirmish?

I'm looking for the mill because that is the skirmish that took our ancestor Andrew Tullock out of the Civil War and wounded him for life. I would like to visit the area.
It was such a life changing event in his life. Not to mention it's a undescribable feeling to stand on ground you know your ancestors stood on.

Thanks,

Lisa
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