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Federal (USV)


Enoch Benson

(1840 - 1862)

Home State: Pennsylvania

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 12th Pennsylvania Reserves

Before Antietam

A 21 year old laborer in Indiana County, he enlisted in Harrisburg on 24 July 1861 and mustered into service as Private, Company H, 12th Pennsylvania Reserves on 10 August in Harrisburg.

On the Campaign

He was mortally wounded in the hip in action at Antietam on 17 September 1862.

The rest of the War

He was treated at the field hospital on the Showman Farm near Sharpsburg and at Smoketown hospital, but died there of his wounds on 12 November 1862.

References & notes

Service information from Bates1 and the Card File.2 Wound and hospital details from Nelson.3 His gravesite is on Findagrave.


10/11/1840; Jenners, PA


11/12/1862; Smoketown, MD; burial in Antietam National Cemetery, Sharpsburg, MD


1   Bates, Samuel Penniman, History of the Pennsylvania Volunteers, 1861-65, Harrisburg: State of Pennsylvania, 1868-1871  [AotW citation 11207]

2   Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Adjutant-General, Pennsylvania Civil War Veterans' Card File, 1861-1866, Published <2005, first accessed 01 July 2005, <>  [AotW citation 22923]

3   Nelson, John H., As Grain Falls Before the Reaper: The Federal Hospital Sites and Identified Federal Casualties at Antietam, Hagerstown: John H. Nelson, 2004, pg. 130  [AotW citation 22924]