A Civil War Soldier: Pvt. Benjamin Franklin FREDENBURG (c. 1844 – 1864)

How Related: Brother of my 3rd-great-grandfather, Sylvester FREDENBURG

Born: c. 1844, New York

Parents: Anthony FREDENBURG (1816 – 1881) and Hannah FOX (c. 1816 – 1890s)

Siblings: Benjamin was one of 11 children and one of three brothers that served in the Union Army:

  • Charlotte (b. c. 1839)
  • Amanda (b. c. 1839)
  • Abram (1841 – 1903)
  • Sylvester (c. 1842 – 1879) – my ancestor
  • Rachel (c. 1847 – 1904)
  • Alonzo (c. 1849)
  • George Cady (1852 – 1930)
  • Lurinda (c. 1854 – 1926)
  • William (c. 1856)
  • Isabella (c. 1856 – 1926)

Married: never

Children: none

Mustered in: 20 Februay 1862 at East Saginaw, Saginaw Co., Michigan in Co. E, 7th Michigan Cavalry; private.

Side Served: Union

History of Unit: 7th Michigan Cavalry

Discharged: Died as a prisoner of war at Camp Sumter (Andersonville Prison), Americus, Georgia

Source: Andersonville Prison, Camp Sumter, Ga., as it appeared August 1st 1864 when it contained 35,000 prisoners of war / drawn from memory by Thomas O’Dea, late private Co. E. 16th Regt. Maine Infi. Vols ; on stone by T. J. S. Landis. Lithograph. N.Y. : Henry Seibert & Bro. Art Litho., 12 & 14 Warren St., [1864 or later]. In the possession of the Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA. Digital print accessed online [http://hdl.loc.gov/] on 24 April 2008.

Biography or Information of Interest: It appears that Benjamin was taken prisoner on or before 11 June 1864, where he is listed as a prisoner of war at Trevillian Station, Virginia.

Died: 1 November 1864 of dysentery

Buried: Grave 11709, Andersonville National Cemetery, Americus, Macon Co., Georgia


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