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Federal (USV)


Benjamin J. Parker

(c. 1837 - ?)

Home State: New York

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 21st New York Infantry

Before Antietam

In 1860 he was a 23 year old railroad fireman living in Buffalo, NY. He enlisted in Buffalo, NY on 1 May 1861 to serve two years, and mustered in on 20 May as a Private in Company B, 21st New York Infantry. He was promoted to Corporal on 30 August 1862.

On the Campaign

He was wounded in the head in action at Antietam on 17 September 1862.

The rest of the War

He mustered out with his Company on 18 May 1863 in Buffalo.

After the War

By 1870 and to at least 1900 he was an engineer on the New York Central Railroad and lived in Buffalo. In 1910 he was managing a truck farm in North Collins, NY.

References & notes

His service from the Adjutant General1 with Antietam wound detail from the Chronicles.2 Personal details from the US Census of 1860-1900.

He married Julia (?, 1843-) and they had 5 children between 1865 and 1887.


c. 1837 in NY


1   State of New York, Adjutant-General, Annual Report of the Adjutant General of the State of New York [year]: Registers of the [units], 43 Volumes, Albany: James B. Lyon, State Printer, 1893-1905, For the Year 1899, Ser. No. 20, pg. 268  [AotW citation 28162]

2   Mills, John Harrison, and 21st Regiment Veteran Association of Buffalo, Chronicles of the Twenty-first Regiment New York State Volunteers, Buffalo: 21st Reg't. Veteran Association of Buffalo, 1887, pg.. 294  [AotW citation 28163]