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Federal (USV)


Benjamin Eddy Kelly

(1842 - 1863)

Home State: Rhode Island

Branch of Service: Artillery

Unit: 1st Rhode Island Light Artillery, Battery G

Before Antietam

A high school student in Providence, he enlisted as Private, Company C, First Rhode Island Detached Militia for 3 months service on 2 May 1861 and was mustered out on 2 August. He then enlisted as First Sergeant, Battery G, First Rhode Island Light Artillery on 2 December 1861.

On the Campaign

He was with his battery in action at Antietam on 17 September 1862.

The rest of the War

He was commissioned 2nd Lieutenant on November 1862 due, in part, to his performance at Antietam. He was mortally wounded by an artillery shell in action near Fredericksburg, VA on 3 May 1863 and died later the same day.

References & notes

His service dates from the Adjutant General's Annual Report.1 Further details from his bio sketch in John Russell Bartlett's Memoirs of Rhode Island Officers who Were Engaged in the Service ... (1867). His gravesite is on Findagrave.


02/09/1842; Providence, RI


05/03/1863; Fredericksburg, VA; burial in Swan Point Cemetery, Providence, RI


1   State of Rhode Island, and Henri Crandall, Acting Adjutant General, Official Register of Rhode Island Officers and Soldiers ... 1861 to 1865, in the Annual Report of the Adjutant General of the State of Rhode Island for 1865, Providence: Providence Press, 1866, pp. 17, 777, 778  [AotW citation 21934]