R. Nicholas Nelson

WEEKS, BENJAMIN F. (1838–?). Benjamin F. Weeks was born in Prentiss County, Mississippi, in 1838. In 1860 he was living next door to his father, Benjamin Weeks, in Gonzalez County, Texas, and working as an overseer. He joined Capt. Travis H. Ashby's Company (Company I), First Regiment, Texas Mounted Riflemen (First Texas Mounted Rifles or McCulloch's Cavalry), in April 1861 as first lieutenant. Weeks was riding scout for this regiment outside Camp Jackson as late as September 1861, but by May 1862 he was back in Gonzalez and joined the cavalry battalion of Waul's Texas Legion as captain of Company C. While operating against transports and gunboats on the Mississippi River, he received a gunshot wound to his lower leg, which damaged his tibia, on May 18, 1863. He was left behind to recover and was not with the unit at Vicksburg. Following the fall of Vicksburg, Weeks was still unfit for service and cut off from his command, so he returned home to Gonzalez to recuperate. He was promoted to major on January 29, 1864, despite the fact the unit was near Mobile, Alabama, and Weeks was still in Gonzalez due to his health. In June 1864 Weeks, not yet aware of his promotion to major, wrote a letter of resignation citing that "to hold on longer with little prospect of recovery would not be to treat my junior officers with that feeling which ought always to be actuate." His resignation was officially accepted on August 4, 1864. The 1865 Gonzalez County tax records record property taxes for the estate of a Benjamin Weeks, though this may have the father. Regardless, Weeks does not appear in the Gonzalez records after 1864 or in the 1870 United States census.


Robert A. Hasskarl and Leif R Hasskarl, Waul's Texas Legion, 1862–1865 (Ada, Oklahoma: Hasskarl & Hasskarl, 1985).

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