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Theodore F. Bennett

Theodore F. Bennett

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 the line looking towards the enemy, T. F. Bennett, who lay side of his brother was hit by a Ball… He made no move only to straighten his body & was dead, without uttering a sound.

The Diary of Alfred Hanks, June 3, 1864

The descriptive muster roll for the 21st Regiment Connecticut Volunteer Infantry lists his age as 33 and his occupation as farmer.  He is described as 5’9” tall with a fair complexion and red hair and dark eyes.  His marital status is married.

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 widow’s 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.

Alfred P. Hanks

Alfred P. Hanks

The Gravestone of Alfred Hanks

Alfred P. Hanks was a resident of Mansfield on August 13, 1862 when he enlisted as a Private in Co. D of the 21st Regiment Connecticut Volunteer Infantry; he was severely wounded in the side, June 3, 1864 at Cold Harbor, Virginia.

Following his wounding at Cold Harbor, Alfred Hanks was hospitalized until July 12th when he was granted a furlough. After a grueling journey home, he arrived in Mansfield on the 18th.  He recuperated there until he was called back to service on August 13th.  Reluctantly, he returned to his regiment, but he was still weak and needed more time to recuperate from his wound.  Rather than returning to the line, he was assigned to assist Julian Parker, the Hospital Steward (also from Mansfield). He was discharged for disability May 16, 1865.

The descriptive muster roll of the 21st Regiment Connecticut Volunteer Infantry lists his age as 18 and his occupation as clerk.  He is described as 5’ 5” tall with a fair complexion and black hair and dark eyes. His marital status is single.

He was born April 14, 1844 in Mansfield to Frederick F. and Abigail (Page) Hanks. In the 1860 U.S. census in Marlborough, he is a 16 year old clerk in the household of Edwin P. Hanks. He was a clerk in a hotel in East Lyme in 1870 and living in his mother’s household in Marlborough by the 1880 U.S. census. Alfred Hanks was living in Fitch’s Home for Soldiers by 1900, he was a clerk in 1900 and listed as an inmate in 1910 who was Sergeant Major in the institution office; he never married. The Mansfield Historical Society has his diary for 1864 which contains information regarding the regiment’s activities and many stories of his fellow soldiers.

On March 5, 1866, he applied for an invalid pension, No.1041,078 that was granted under certificate No. 183,264. According to the list of pensioners on the roll in 1883, he was receiving a monthly pension amount unstated for a gunshot wound in the right side.

Alfred P. Hanks died on December 8, 1916 at the Fitch Soldiers Home in Darien and is buried in Saint Peter’s Cemetery in Hebron, Connecticut.

The Diary of Alfred P. Hanks

The Diary of Alfred Hanks provides insight into many different aspects of a soldier’s life. Hanks spans the normal day-to-day operations as well as active battles. This includes the battle at Cold Harbor, which left him injured and fellow Mansfield soldiers Canfield Humphrey and Theodore F. Bennett dead.

Hanks’ diary also gives a perspective lacking in other diaries- it has Mansfield as a center. Due to the 21st Regiment having the largest number of Mansfield Civil War soldiers enlisted, the diary includes references and extra information about other Mansfield soldiers such as Henry Thorne (Thorn) and the Parker brothers. Overall, Hanks’ diary includes Mansfield beyond that of just a hometown showing Mansfield as the Homefront as well as on the field in the form of other soldiers.

Canfield J. Humphrey

Canfield J. Humphrey

Canfield J. Humphrey was a resident of Mansfield on August 12, 1862 when he enlisted as a Private in Co. D of the 21st Regiment Connecticut Volunteer Infantry. He was promoted to Corporal on August 31, 1863. Canfield was wounded May 16, 1864 at Cold Harbor, Virginia. His leg was amputated and he died as a result of his wounds on August 19, 1864 in Washington, D.C.

The descriptive muster roll of the 21st Regiment Connecticut Volunteer Infantry lists his age as 26 and his occupation as joiner.  He is described as 5’ 8” tall with a fair complexion and light eyes and dark hair.  His marital status is married.

He was born about 1836 in Stansford, New York, probably to A.L. and Celia ____ Humphrey. In the 1860 U.S. census in Willimantic, he is a 23 year old carpenter and head of household. Canfield Humphrey married Sarah Elizabeth _______ before 1860. 

Sarah E. Humphrey applied for a widow’s pension on October 15, 1864, No. 68,528 that was granted under certificate No. 54,756. According to the list of pensioners on the roll in 1883, Sarah E. Humphrey was receiving a widow’s pension of $8 per month in Willimantic that had begun in April, 1865.

Canfield J. Humphrey is buried at the Old Willimantic Cemetery in Windham,, Connecticut.

Peter Jordan

Peter Jordan

Peter Jordan was a resident of Mansfield on January 11, 1864 when he enlisted as a Private in Co. E of the 2nd Regiment Connecticut Volunteer Heavy Artillery; he was wounded June 1, 1864, Cold Harbor, Virginia and discharged for disability January 14, 1865.

He was not living in Mansfield in the 1860 U.S. census and he was born about 1835 according to his headstone record. Peter Jordan married Isabella E. Gillespie; she married second Allen Burgess. Nevin P. Jordan was a son of Peter Jordan but it is not certain if he was a son of this marriage.

On January 28, 1865, he applied for an invalid pension, No. 60,206 that was granted under certificate No. 49,907. His widow applied for a pension on September 24, 1888 and a minor pension was filed for Nevin P. Jordan on June 28, 1909.

Peter Jordan died on April 20, 1888 in Auburn, New York according to pension records. He was buried at the Fort Hill Cemetery in Auburn, New York, Section Home, Lot 62.

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