(1835 - 1907)
Home State: Pennsylvania
Branch of Service: Infantry
He enlisted as 4th Corporal, Company G, 22nd Pennsylvania Infantry on 23 April 1861 and mustered out with them on 7 August 1861. He then enlisted as Sergeant, Company H, 106th Pennsylvania Infantry on 2 September 1861. He was appointed First Sergeant on 17 July 1862.
On the Campaign
At Antietam on 17 September 1862:
Arriving at a fence, running at right angles to the Hagerstown pike across the open field north of the Dunker Church, an effort was made to rally and check the advance of the now elated enemy, who were emerging from the woods in large numbers. Here Sergeant Benjamin F. Sloanaker, of Company C, Color Sergeant, and with Sergeants Rose and Foy of Company H, planted the colors on the fence and called upon the Regiment to "rally on the colors".He was wounded in the action.
The rest of the War
He was commissioned 2nd Lieutenant on 24 February 1863. He was captured near Petersburg on the Jerusalem Plank Road on 22 June 1864 and remained a prisoner until 22 February 1865. He was promoted to First Lieutenant to date from 5 January 1865, but did not muster at that rank, and was discharged on 8 April 1865.
After the War
He was a coach maker and claims agent in Philadelphia. He was elected to two terms in the Pennsylvania House (1889-1893), was an employee of the US Mint in Philadelphia by 1903, and was Gatekeeper by 1905.
References & notes
07/17/1835; Philadelphia, PA
10/16/1907 Philadelphia, PA; burial in West Laurel Hill Cemetery, Bala Cynwyd, PA
1 Ward, Joseph R. C., History of the One-Hundred and Sixth Regiment Pennsylvania Volunteers, 1861-1865 (2nd Ed.), Philadelphia: Grant, Faires & Rogers, 1906, pp. 105, opposite 257, 351-352 [AotW citation 21545]
2 Bates, Samuel Penniman, History of the Pennsylvania Volunteers, 1861-65, Harrisburg: State of Pennsylvania, 1868-1871, Vol. 1, pg. 206 [AotW citation 21546]