Cyrus Benton Coiner, Class of 1864
52nd Virginia Infantry Regiment

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This document, written in 1913, was sent to VMI historian Joseph Reid Anderson, Jr. Anderson was engaged in a project to collect information about all VMI alumni to date, including a record of their Civil War service. The original letter is located in Coiner's Alumni File, VMI Archives.

About Benton Coiner:
C. Benton Coiner, from Fishersville, Virginia, was born January 31, 1843 and attended VMI for one year(1860-1861). At the beginning of the Civil War he served as a drillmaster in Richmond and subsequently enlisted in Company G, 52nd Virginia Infantry Regiment. He was elected 1st Lieutenant on 1 May 1862 and was commanding the company when he was wounded in action (in the head) on 18 May 1864 at Spotsylvania. He returned to duty on July 4 and was promoted to Captain 2 December 1864; he commanded the regiment in early 1865. After the war Coiner worked as a farmer and stockraiser in Augusta County, Virginia. He died in April 1919 and is buried at Tinkling Spring Presbyterian Church near Fishersville.