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Federal (USV)


Benjamin Franklin Hemstreet

(1837 - 1914)

Home State: New York

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 21st New York Infantry

Before Antietam

In 1860 he was a 22 year old carpenter living with his parents and siblings in Buffalo, NY. He enlisted there on 12 September 1861 to serve two years, and mustered in the same day as a Private in Company D, 21st New York Infantry.

On the Campaign

He was wounded in the left arm 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

In 1865 he was back with his parents in Buffalo, and working as a clerk, but in 1870 he was farming in Davis County, Iowa. By 1880 and to at least 1910 he was a farmer at Liberty in Putnam County, MO.

References & notes

His service from the Adjutant General1 with Antietam wound detail from the Chronicles.2 Personal details from family genealogists, the New York State Census of 1865, and the US Census of 1860 and 1870-1910. His gravesite is on Findagrave.


03/31/1837; Buffalo, NY


05/16/1914; Putnam County, MO; burial in Mitchell Cemetery, Putnam County, MO


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. 227  [AotW citation 28178]

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 28179]