My 4th great uncle, Benjamin Franklin Vanhorn served in the 90th Regiment of the Pennsylvania Infantry. He is a collateral relative but he fascinates me, being the only family member thus far I can confirm actually served during the Civil War on my side of the family.
A single man, he would have been 20 years old when he enlisted on 2 September 1863 as a Private. The 90th PA Infantry spent its days in
. He fought at Mine Run, Wilderness,
Laurel Hill, the Spotsylvania Court House, Virginia , and the Weldon Railroad. It was
at the Weldon Railroad, on 20 August 1864, that he was captured, taken
prisoner, and confined at Petersburg Liberty Belle Island
in . Richmond
The National Archives recently shed a little more light on that day.
Benjamin was admitted at the
on 18 August 1864 for “diarrhoea”. How embarrassing right? I suppose though it
would be hard to march or fight while you constantly stopping to go to the
bathroom. In any case, he was cleared to return to duty on 20 April 1864. Regimental Hospital
He did survive the War. He was released from
on 15 June 1865. Liberty Belle Island
He came home to
He married a Margaret Hensel. They moved first to Pennsylvania Virginia
then made their way west, settling in . San
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