IN 1861, HE WAS THE FIRST MAN IN WAYNE COUNTY, INDIANA TO VOLUNTEER FOR SERVICE IN THE CIVIL WAR
Source: Soldier’s Register; Wayne County, Ind. 1865
Source: History Of Wayne County; Vol 1; 1884
Source: Memoirs Of Wayne County; 1912
General W. P. Benton (1828-1866) was admitted to the Richmond Indiana Bar in 1851 and appointed Judge of the Common Pleas Court in 1858; He was District Attorney from 1852-1854, and a partner in the law firm of Jacob W. Julian and later, with Lewis B. Stubbs. From 1861 to the end the Civil War, Benton led his troops with distinction and honor. After the CW, he accepted another assignment from the government for a post in New Orleans. He died the next year while serving in that capacity, at the age of 38.