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Federal (USV)


Nicholas Bensfeld

Home State: Michigan

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 7th Michigan Infantry

Before Antietam

Age 25, from Portage Lake, he enlisted on 8 August 1861 and mustered as Private, Company F, 7th Michigan Infantry on 22 August.

On the Campaign

He was wounded in the right calf in action at Antietam on 17 September 1862.

The rest of the War

He was treated at the Hoffman Farm Hospital, Sharpsburg, MD, and was discharged for disability at Bath, MD (?) on 6 March 1863.

After the War

He was a plasterer in Detroit by 1877.

References & notes

Wound and hospital details from Nelson1. His service from the Record of Service,2 which has him as Nicholas Bensford, and says he died before about 1905. His occupation from a Detroit City Directory of 1877.


1   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 16387]

2   State of Michigan, Office of the Adjutant General, and George H. Brown, Adjutant General; George H. Turner, Asst. AG, compiler, Record of Service of Michigan Volunteers in the Civil War, 1861-1865, 46 volumes, Kalamazoo: Ihling Bros. & Everard, 1904-1915, Vol. 7, pg. 12  [AotW citation 21110]