Rives, Benjamin Allen (1822 VA - 1862 AR)

Rives, Benjamin Allen

Rives, Benjamin Allen


Father: Henry Rives
Mother: Anne Anderson Allen

Birth: 29 May 1822, Cumberland County, Virginia
Birth Source: Reliques & Civil War Service Record

Death: 9 or 11 Mar 1862, Elkhorn, Arkansas
Death Source: CW Service Record

Spouse1: Eliza C. Townes, m. 9 Dec 1846, Pittsylvania County, Virginia


Children of Benjamin Allen Rives and Eliza C. Townes:
  1. Henry Rives, b. c1848
  2. Elizabeth Rives, b. c1850
  3. George Rives, b. c1852
  4. Ellen Rives, b. c1854
  5. Annie Rives, b. c1856
  6. Benjamin Rives, b. c1858

Benjamin was elected colonel 16 Jan 1862 and was age 39 when he was mustered-in on 25 Jan 1862. The record states that he was a native of Virginia and enlisted Dec 1861 in Richmond, Missouri. Participated in battle of Carthage, Wilson's Creek, Dry Wood & Lexington, among others. He fought the first day at Elkhorn, was wounded the second morning (mar 7) was wounded and died from the effects 9 or 11 Mar 1862.

State of Virginia }
Corporation of Danville t?
On the 10 day of April 1863 personally appeared before me the Subscribed a justice of the peace in & for the Corporation aforesaid Eliza C. Rives who after being sworn according to law deposes and says that she is the widow of Benjamin A. Rives deceased who was appointed by Gen. Sterling Price of Missouri a colonel of Infantry in the Service of the Confederate States in the present war with the United States to command Squad of Troops one of which the 3rd Regiment was formed and as such was in active service from the 15 of December 1861 to the 17 of January 1862 and that he also served as a Colonel of Infantry in the Regular Army of the Confederate States from the 17 of January 1862 to the 9 of March 1862 that the said Benjamin A Rives entered the service at Springfield in ...County & State of Missouri on or about the fifteenth day of December 1861 and died at Elkhorn Arkansas on the 9 day of March 1862 from wounds received in battle leaving the deponent his widow that she makes this deposition for the purpose of obtaining from the Government of the Confederate States whatever may have been due the said Benjamin A Rives at the time of his death for pay, bounty or other allowances for his service as Colonel of Infantry afor said - the said Benja A Rives was born in the County of Cumberland Virginia
Sworn to and subscribed before me } Eliza C Rives
Wm Rosan J P }

Research Notes


Marriage1:  FamilySearch - Virginia Marriages, 1785-1940

1850 Census:  Ray County, Virginia
1860 Census:  Richmond, Ray County, Virginia

Civil War Service Record, Benjamin A. Rives, Cos. F & S, 3 Missouri Infantry (Fold3)
Findagrave - Eliza C. Rives - Green Hill Cemetery, Danville, Danville City, Virginia