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Federal (USV)


Benjamin F. Sloanaker

(1832 - 1875)

Home State: Pennsylvania

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 106th Pennsylvania Infantry

Before Antietam

He enlisted as Sergeant, Company C, 106th Pennsylvania Infantry on 20 August 1861. He was appointed Color Sergeant of the Regiment on 1 October 1861 and was wounded at Fair Oaks, VA on 31 May 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".

The rest of the War

He was commissioned 2nd Lieutenant to date from 17 September 1862, was wounded again, at Fredericksburg, VA on 13 December, and promoted to First Lieutenant on 1 March 1863. He was discharged for disability from wounds on 4 June 1863.

References & notes

Basic information and the quote above from Ward1. His gravesite is on Findagrave.


1832; Philadelphia, PA


09/26/1875; Philadelphia, PA; burial in Mount Vernon Cemetery, Philadelphia, 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, 317  [AotW citation 21543]