Benjamin Goodwin was born in 1832, to Lemuel and Mary Goodwin.
Benjamin married Minerva Billings on September 12, 1852, in Pike County, Illinois, which borders Pike County, Missouri.
He died in 1890, and was buried in the Samuel Taylor Cemetery, in Rockpoint, Pike County, Illinois.
His grave reads: Co. B., 3rd MO. SM Cav., Civil War.
The inscription on his gravestone indicates he was a part of the 3rd Regiment, Missouri State Militia Cavalry (2nd Organization), part of the Union Army during the American Civil War.
This regiment was reorganized from the 10th Regiment State Militia Cavalry on February 2, 1863. However, another source states that they were enrolled between December 13, 1861 and April 16, 1862. They were mustered between December 25, 1861 and June 6, 1862, and was discharged between January 31, 1865 and July 13, 1865. The 3rd Regiment was led by Colonel Walter King, Colonel Edwin Smart, and Colonel Richard C. Woodson.
Benjamin Goodwin was part of Company B of the regiment, which was under the command of Captain George W. Carey, and was made up of many men from Pike County, in both Illinois and Missouri.
During its service, the regiment lost a total of 164 men: 4 Officers and 57 Enlisted men to injury in battle; and 1 Officer and 102 Enlisted men to disease.
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