Wednesday, May 16, 2018
Bennett Wood Green, CSN-- Part 1: Commission Taken By a Union Soldier
In my War of 1812 Not So Forgotten blog, I wrote about the 100th anniversary of Fort Eustis by Newport news, Virginia. It was named for Abraham Eustis, a War of 1812 veteran and later first commander of Fort Monroe.
Fort Eustis was on the site of Confederate Fort Crawford, according to the article. Fort Crawford was part of Confederate General John B. Magruder's Warwick Line to defend against McClellan's army in 1862. I learned that the actual name of the Confederate fort was Fort Crafford.
One of the families that lived on Mulberry Island on the James River was the Green family. Their son Bennett Wood Green became a surgeon in the Confederate Navy. After the Confederates evacuated the Warwick line and Fort Crafford, abandoned homes were ransacked by Union soldiers. One of them found Bennett Wood's commission in the Confederate Navy and took it as a souvenir. However, it was returned to the family after the war.
Now, I need to find out about Bennett Green.