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B.F. Eshleman

B.F. Eshleman

Confederate (CSA)


Benjamin Franklin Eshleman

(1830 - 1909)

Home State: Louisiana

Command Billet: Battery Commander

Branch of Service: Artillery

Unit: Washington (LA) Artillery, 4th Company

Before Sharpsburg

From a Pennsylvania Mennonite family, he moved to New Orleans in his 20s to work in his uncle's hardware business. He was Captain of the Fourth Company, Washington Artillery at their muster into Confederate service on 26 May 1861 in New Orleans. He was wounded in action at First Manassas.

The rest of the War

He was appointed Major of the Washington Artillery Battalion 26 March 1863, and was in command of the Battalion at Gettysburg in July. He was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel on 27 February 1864.

After the War

He was a merchant in New Orleans.

References & notes

Date and place of death from Orleans Parish (LA) records posted online at GenWeb, with bio details from a summary online from Creolewest Productions. Service data from Owen1 and Bergeron2. The photograph here is from a newspaper clipping in the collection of his papers at the University of South Carolina.


1830 in PA


07/06/1909; Orleans Parish, LA


1   Owen, William Miller, In Camp and Battle with the Washington Artillery of New Orleans, Boston: Ticknor & Co., 1885, pp. 11, 26, 436, 454  [AotW citation 980]

2   Bergeron, Jr., Arthur W., Guide to Louisiana Confederate Military Units, 1861-1865, Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1996, pg. 14  [AotW citation 981]