Private Franz Benda, of Manitowoc, WI was mortally wounded at the Battle of Gettysburg on July 1, 1863 fighting with the 26th Wisconsin. He laid in the sun for two days before being transferred to a hospital, eventually dying on August 28, 1863. His family came from the same area of Melnick, Bohemia as mine (near Prague). The Benda family also settled near Manitowoc, WI at the same small town of Kossuth at about the same time as mine. It's where most Bohemian residents settled and was a very small community. My family and the Benda's had to have known each other. Private Benda is buried at the Gettysburg National Cemetery.