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B. Hirst
B. Hirst

Federal (USV)


Benjamin Hirst

(1828 - 1909)
Home State: Connecticut
Branch of Service: Infantry
Unit: 14th Connecticut Infantry


Before the Antietam Campaign:
He came to Philadelphia, PA from Stockport, England, with his parents and brothers in 1847, and they settled near Chester, PA. He was a worker in a textile factory there. About 1856 he moved to Dedham, MA, then Rockville, CT by 1860. He enlisted in Company D, 14th Connecticut Infantry on 16 July 1862. He was appointed Sergeant.

In the Antietam Campaign:
He was in action with his regiment at the Sunken Road on 17 September at Antietam.

The remainder of the War:
Wounded in action at Gettysburg, PA on 3 July 1863. Transferred to 52nd Company, 2nd Battalion, Veteran Reserve Corps 28 April 1864. Discharged for disability on 9 July 1865.

References, Sources, and other notes:
Basic information from Page1. His wartime letters and journals were published in 1998 in Boys From Rockville: Civil War Narratives (Voices of the Civil War series, U of Tennessee Press); commentary and editing by Robert L. Bee, source of some details above. His photo is from the cover of that book, from the original in Page's History.

Birth Date: 05/1828    Place of Birth: Stockport, ENGLAND    
Death Place: Springfield, MA    Burial Place: Grove Hill Cemetery, Rockhill, CT


1   Page, Charles D., History of the Fourteenth Regiment, Connecticut Vol. Infantry, Meriden (CT): The Horton Printing Co., 1906, pg. 418, 193  [AotW citation 15311]

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