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Federal (USV)


Peter Benninger

(1842 - 1935)

Home State: Pennsylvania

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 107th Pennsylvania Infantry

Before Antietam

A 19 year old farmer in Wyoming County, he enlisted there on 2 March 1862 and mustered into service as Private, Company F, 107th Pennsylvania Infantry on 8 March in Harrisburg.

On the Campaign

He was wounded by gunshot to both thighs in action near Turner's Gap on South Mountain on 14 September 1862.

The rest of the War

He was admitted to US Army General Hospital #4 in Frederick, MD on 18 September and transferred to the Camp B hospital there on 5 January 1863. He was released to return to duty on 17 January 1863. He was wounded again, at Gettysburg on 1 July 1863 and was transferred to the Veteran Reserve Corps on 11 February 1864. He was discharged at the end of his term on 9 March 1865.

After the War

By 1910 he was a blacksmith with his own shop in Auburn, PA, which he operated with his son Olin. He retired by 1930 and died at age 93 in 1935.

References & notes

Service information from Bates1 and the Card File.2 Wound and hospital details from the Patient List.3 Personal details from family genealogists and the US Census of 1910-1930. His gravesite is on Findagrave.

He married Lucelia Cooley Willard (1856-1926) in 1874 and they had 6 children together.


06/25/1842; Meshoppen, PA


08/13/1935; South Auburn, PA; burial in South Auburn Cemetery, South Auburn, PA


1   Bates, Samuel Penniman, History of the Pennsylvania Volunteers, 1861-65, Harrisburg: State of Pennsylvania, 1868-1871  [AotW citation 23704]

2   Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Adjutant-General, Pennsylvania Civil War Veterans' Card File, 1861-1866, Published <2005, first accessed 01 July 2005, <>  [AotW citation 23705]

3   National Museum of Civil War Medicine, and Terry Reimer, Frederick Patient List, Published 2018, first accessed 17 September 2018, <>, Source page: patient #390, 1.295  [AotW citation 23706]