Guilford Civil War vet remembered in wreath laying ceremony,, Dec. 21

Raphael Ward Benton was 41-years-old when he enlisted in the Civil War

GUILFORD — Raphael Ward Benton was 41-years-old when he enlisted in the Civil War. During the Battle of Antietam, he was wounded in the neck by a Minnie ball.

Benton, along with other Guilford veterans, will be honored during a wreath-laying ceremony in December. Over 1,100 veterans are buried in the seven local cemeteries, including Alder Brook, Bluff Head, Leete’s Island, North Guilford, Nut Plains, St. George and West Side.

After suffering in a field hospital and walking 20 miles to seek help, Benton died eight days after the battle, due to blood loss, fatigue and improper care. He is buried in Alder Brook Cemetery.

The public is invited to attend the second annual Ethan Miller Song Wreaths Across Guilford ceremony Saturday, Dec. 21, beginning at 2 p.m. at Alder Brook Cemetery, 409 Boston St., Guilford. (

Following the ceremony, volunteers will distribute wreaths throughout the seven cemeteries.

The idea for Wreaths Across Guilford originated with Kristin Song, who said that after the accidental shooting death of her son, Ethan, on Jan. 31, 2018, she realized that his dream of participating in Wreaths Across America at Arlington National Cemetery would never happen.

A fundraising campaign is ongoing to raise funds to purchase the wreaths. To make a donation, contact Steve Spurrell, email: or 203-627-4404 or visit

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