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Federal (USV)


Chancellor Benjamin

(c. 1843 - 1862)

Home State: Pennsylvania

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 118th Pennsylvania Infantry

Before Antietam

Age 19, of 2089 Winter Street in Philadelphia, he enlisted and mustered in that city as Private, Company F, 118th Pennsylvania Infantry on 7 August 1862.

On the Campaign

He was mortally wounded by gunshot to his right thigh in action at Shepherdstown Ford on 20 September 1862.

The rest of the War

He spent the night on the riverbank and was picked up the next day. He was treated in a private home in Sharpsburg for several days, taken to Frederick, MD, and then on to Philadelphia, PA - being admitted to the Broad and Cherry Streets hospital on 27 September. His wound seemed to be healing but he developed a large abscess in his hip and was debilitated by diarrhea. He died of "exhaustion" on 22 November 1862.

References & notes

Service information from Smith1, as Chanceler Benjamin. Wound and hospital details from Otis.2

More on the Web

His street address is from a Report of the Christian Commission of Philadelphia printed in the Philadelphia War Press of 30 September 1862, online from the Pennsylvania Newspaper Archive. That Report describes a visit by Commission staff and medical personnel to the scene on both sides of the ford on the Potomac on 21 September, the day after the battle, particularly their location of the dead and wounded of the Corn Exchange Regiment.


c. 1843


11/22/1862; Philadelphia, PA


1   Smith, John L., and Survivor's Association, History of the Corn Exchange Regiment, 118th Pennsylvania Volunteers, 2nd Edition, Philadelphia: J.L. Smith, Map Publisher, 1905, pp. 711 - 716  [AotW citation 2063]

2   Otis, George Alexander, A Report on Excisions of the Head of the Femur for Gunshot Injury, Washington: US Army, Office of the Surgeon General, 1869, pg. 66  [AotW citation 23356]