“Little Doctor on the Black Horse” Post#16 – Grand Review and Mustering Out –

“Headquarters, 17th O.V.I., Richmond, Va., May 9, 1865

Dear Hattie:

No letters from you since I last wrote. We will not get any mail at this point, as we are ordered to leave here early in the morning. I was all over the city today, an account of which I shall give you in my record. We are to be reviewed by Gen. Halleck as we pass through the city and will camp the first night at Hanover Court House. You may expect to hear of our arrival at Alexandria about next Monday, that is if you watch the telegraph. I am well and expect soon to see you, so I shall bid you good night.

Your affectionate Husband,

D.D. Benedict

The regiment was mustered out in Washington and David was back home in Norwalk by June 1, united with his joyful family. A year later the longed for son arrived at last, and was named Fred, for the beloved college friend, Fred Tennard, who was now a veteran of the Confederate forces. For David the War was definitely over.

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