Dr. Benjamin Franklin Stephenson, 1823-1871
The marker is located one mile east of Petersburg on IL Route 23, at the entrance to Rosehill Cemetery, on the south side of the highway.
The Illinois State Historical Society
Founder of the Grand Army of the Republic, Menard County resident, Rush Medical College graduate 1850, surgeon 14th Illinois Volunteers 1861-1864, he originated the G.A.R. name, ritual, constitution of Post No. 1, Decatur, April 6, 1866, called first national G.A.R. convention and was its first adjutant general.
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