Benjamin M. Prentiss - I.O.O.F. Miriam Cemetery - Bethany, Mo.
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member iconions
N 40° 16.403 W 094° 02.389
15T E 411595 N 4458619
Benjamin Prentiss was a Civil War Major General. He was best known as the general in charge of the defense of the "Hornet's Nest" at the Battle of Shiloh. His burial site is the I.O.O.F. Miriam Cemetery located at 12th & River Sts. in Bethany, Mo.
Waymark Code: WMMD8D
Location: Missouri, United States
Date Posted: 09/03/2014
Published By:Groundspeak Regular Member Manville Possum
Views: 2

Benjamin Prentiss's grave site is towards the south entrance of the I.O.O.F. Miriam Cemetery - 12th & River Streets. The grave site is marked by a white marble government marker that reads within a carved shield:

Benjamin M. Prentiss
Maj. Gen. of Mo. Vols.
Outside the shield are the birth and death dates
Nov. 23, 1819
Feb. 8, 1901

The main family stone is white marble resting on a rough cut grey granite plinth. The inscription on this stone reads:


Benjamin M. Prentiss
Major General U.S.V.
Nov. 23, 1819 - Feb. 8, 1901

Mary W. Prentiss
Dec. 16, 1836 - July 28, 1894

Benjamin Prentiss was the General in charge of the defense of the "Hornet's Nest" at the Battle of Shiloh. Later, after being exchanged as a prisoner, he was the general in charge of the successful defense of the city of Helena, Arkansas. More information on the life of Benjamin Prentiss:
(visit link)

"Benjamin Mayberry Prentiss (November 23, 1819 – February 8, 1901) was an American soldier and politician. He fought in the Mexican-American War and on the Union side of the American Civil War, rising to the rank of major general.

Early life, marriages and family
Benjamin M. Prentiss was born in Belleville, Virginia. He was a direct descendant of Valentine Prentice, who immigrated from England in 1631. His early childhood was spent in Virginia until his family joined the migration and moved near Hannibal, Missouri. They then moved to Quincy, Illinois, where Prentiss made his home until 1879. He then moved to Missouri.

In his early life, Benjamin Prentiss was a rope-maker and served as an auctioneer. On March 29, 1838, he married Margaret Ann Sodowsky; they had seven children before she died in 1860. In 1862, he married Mary Worthington Whitney, who bore him five more children.

Civil War
BG Prentiss ran unsuccessfully for United States Congress in 1860. At the beginning of the American Civil War he defended railroad lines in Missouri until ordered to command a division under Ulysses S. Grant. His division was the first one attacked at Shiloh and suffered greatly during the opening hours of that battle. BG Prentiss reformed his command and put up a spirited fight in the "Hornet's Nest".

He was captured at the Hornet's Nest along with 2,200 other Union soldiers. He surrendered his sword to Lt. Colonel Francis Marion Walker of the 19th Tennessee Infantry. After the battle he was considered a hero, having held off the Confederate States Army long enough to allow General Grant to organize a counterattack and win the battle. Grant would later play down Benjamin Prentiss' role in the victory, possibly because of mutual dislike between the two generals. However, Grant said in his memoirs "BG Prentiss' command was gone as a division, many of its members having been killed, wounded or captured; but it had rendered valiant services before its final dispersal, and had contributed a good share to the defense of Shiloh".

After being released as part of a prisoner exchange, BG Prentiss was promoted to major general and served on the court-martial board that convicted Fitz John Porter. His dissenting voice in the final vote damaged his political clout. BG Prentiss was sent to Arkansas and won the Battle of Helena on July 4, 1863. In 1864, he resigned to tend to his family. Historian Ezra J. Warner speculated that BG Prentiss felt that he was being shelved after having proved his abilities at Shiloh and Helena.

Post-Civil War career
After the Civil War, Benj. Prentiss became a lawyer. He was later appointed as postmaster of Bethany, Missouri, by President Benjamin Harrison and was re-appointed by President William McKinley. He was a leader in the Republican Party of Missouri.

He died in Bethany and is buried there in Miriam Cemetery, Harrison County, Missouri."
See long description - Benjamin Prentiss was a Civil War Major General.

Date of birth: 11/23/1819

Date of death: 02/08/1901

Area of notoriety: Military

Marker Type: Headstone

Setting: Outdoor

Visiting Hours/Restrictions: Daylight hours

Fee required?: No

Web site: [Web Link]

Visit Instructions:
To post a visit log for waymarks in this category, you must have personally visited the waymark location. When logging your visit, please provide a note describing your visit experience, along with any additional information about the waymark or the surrounding area that you think others may find interesting.

We especially encourage you to include any pictures that you took during your visit to the waymark. However, only respectful photographs are allowed. Logs which include photographs representing any form of disrespectful behavior (including those showing personal items placed on or near the grave location) will be subject to deletion.
Search for... Google Map
Google Maps
Bing Maps
Nearest Waymarks
Nearest Grave of a Famous Person
Nearest Geocaches
Create a scavenger hunt using this waymark as the center point
Recent Visits/Logs:
There are no logs for this waymark yet.