Theodore F. Bennett was a resident of Mansfield on August 11, 1862 when he enlisted as a Private in Co. D of the 21st Regiment Connecticut Volunteer Infantry. He was killed in action June 3, 1864 in Cold Harbor, Virginia.
The following account of his death is from the 1864 diary of Alfred P. Hanks, a fellow soldier of Co. D: “While lying down in line looking towards the enemy, T.F. Bennett who lay by side of his brother was hit by a ball that went through the brim of his soft hat, into his mouth, knocking out one or two teeth then down his neck into his body. He made no move only to straighten his body and was dead without uttering a sound. We buried him that evening a short distance from where killed.
He was born on December 25, 1829 in Mansfield. In the 1860 U.S. census in Mansfield, he is a 31 year old farmer and the head of household. His wife, Lucina, 24 and brother, George D. Bennett, 32 are also living in the household. George also enlisted in Co. D; both are sons of William and Harriet (Dunham) Bennett. A third brother, Seth D. Bennett served in Co. B of the 7th Regiment Connecticut Volunteer Infantry. Theodore married Lucina Dunham on March 20, 1854 in Mansfield. They had no children.
His young widow, Lucina, filed for a widows pension on September 19, 1864, No. 35,552 that was granted under certificate No. 45,117. According to the list of pensioners on the roll in 1883, she was receiving a widow’s pension of $8 per month that commenced in April, 1865.
Theodore F. Bennett is buried at the Spring Hill Cemetery in Mansfield.