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Federal (USV)


Benjamin Laurens Cady

(1824 - 1887)

Home State: Massachusetts

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 35th Massachusetts Infantry

Before Antietam

In 1860 he was a prosperous 35 year old boot maker in Weymouth, MA and shared a house with his brother-in-law Richard Loud. He was probably working in Richard's shoemaking shop (Bates & Loud) by the end of 1861. He enlisted as a Private in Company H, 35th Massachusetts Infantry on 8 August 1862.

On the Campaign

He was listed as missing in action at Antietam on 17 September 1862.

The rest of the War

He was wounded at Fredericksburg, VA on 13 December 1862 and transferred to the 7th Company, 2nd Battalion, Veteran Reserve Corps on 16 September 1863. He mustered out of service on 29 June 1865.

After the War

By 1870 and to at least 1880 he was again living in Weymouth, next door to his in-laws, and worked in a box factory owned by brother-in-law Richard Loud.

References & notes

Casualty information from Nelson.1 His service and other details from Soldiers, Sailors and Marines,2 which has his occupation as farmer. His gravesite is on Findagrave. Personal details from family genealogists and the US Census of 1860-1880.

He married Mary S Loud (1834-1924) in July 1858 and they had 2 daughters, Elizabeth "Lizzie" Mary and Mary Anna.


1824 in RI


11/23/1887; burial in Mount Hope Cemetery, Weymouth, MA


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. 151  [AotW citation 17059]

2   Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Adjutant General, Massachusetts Soldiers, Sailors, and Marines in the Civil War, 8 Vols, Norwood (MA): Norwood Press, 1931-35, Vol. 3, pg. 690  [AotW citation 27771]