MASSACHUSETTS MINUTEMAN ‘EUGENE A. BENT, MUS. C.4th.REG’.
Eugene A Bent, a 27 year old boot maker from Bellingham Massachusetts, enlisted into company ‘C’, 4th Massachusetts Infantry Volunteers (Militia), as a Musician on 16th April 1861. This was the first unit from the State to leave for War and took part in the battle of Big Bethel on June 10th 1861. The regiment mustered out on 22nd July 1861 at Long Island, Boston Harbour, however on 12th June 1862 Bent mustered into the 8th Massachusetts Light Artillery as a Bugler (another Militia unit). The battery took part in the Bull Run campaign; August 1862, being engaged at the battle of 2nd Bull Run and Chantilly. Taking part in the Maryland campaign of September 1862, the battery was severely engaged at Fox’s Gap and the great battle of Antietam on 17th September, being engaged at Burnside Bridge and Otto Farm. Bent was finally discharged with his battery on the expiration of its service, 27th March 1863.