Private Benjamin Edington Goddard was bornin Manatee County, Florida on September 21st, 1849.
He was mustered into Confederate service on February 1st, 1864 when he was enlisted as a Private in Captain Smith’s Company (Key West Avengers), 7th Regiment Florida Infantry by Captain R. B. Smith at Dalton, Georgia for the war.
Special Field Order 98, issued in the field by Headquarters, Army of Tennessee on September 6th, 1864, discharged him on September 7th, 1864.
The reason given for discharge was that Private Goddard was a minor. (Given his birth date, he was two weeks shy of his 15th birthday at the time of his discharge).
According to his pension application, he was discharged at Bear Creek, Georgia after being hospitalized for rheumatism; further, that after his discharge he was captured by Federal forces and taken to Cedar Key, Florida where he remained in captivity until the end of the war. He maintained both stories to his death.
After the war, he married Melissa E. Wilkens on January 22, 1891. He drew a Confederate Pension until his death at Parrish, Manatee County, Florida on June 1st, 1924. Melissa applied for and was granted a Confederate Widow's Pension for her husband's service.