B. F. Stephenson

BFSThe list of people who had a role in the famous Almanac Trial, which took place in Beardstown during May of 1858, includes the name of Dr. Benjamin Franklin Stephenson. 

Stephenson was a witness in the trial, during which attorney Abraham Lincoln successfully defended William “Duff” Armstrong, who was charged with murder.

Three years later, Dr. Stephenson was serving his country and commander-in-chief, Abraham Lincoln, in the Union Army. Following the Civil War, he founded the patriotic and politically powerful Grand Army of the Republic.

Stephenson passed away in 1871 and was buried at Rock Creek Cemetery in Menard County. In August of 1882, the Estill Post of the G. A. R. reinterred his remains at an impressive site (pictured below) in Rose Hill Cemetery, near Petersburg.