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George D. Bennett

George D. Bennett

George D. Bennett was a resident of Mansfield on August 19, 1862 when he enlisted as a Private in Co. D of the 21st Regiment Connecticut Volunteer Infantry. He was discharged June 8, 1865.

The descriptive muster roll for the 21st Regiment Connecticut Volunteer Infantry lists his age as 34 and his occupation as peddler.  His is described as 5’10” tall with a light complexion and light hair and blue eyes.  His marital status is married.

He was born about 1828 and in the 1860 U.S. census in Mansfield, he is a 32 year old peddler and living in the household of his brother, Theodore Bennett. Theodore 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. George married Mary E. Hall between 1860 and 1865. Children include William A. Bennett, born about 1866.

On February 29, 1872, he applied for an invalid pension, No. 172,961 that was granted under certificate No. 239,261. His widow applied for a pension on May 13, 1891.

George D. Bennett died on January 23, 1891 in Willimantic, Connecticut and is buried at the Spring Hill Cemetery in Mansfield.

Seth D. Bennett

Seth D. Bennett

Seth Dunham Bennett was a resident of Mansfield on August 29, 1861 when he enlisted as a Private in Co. B of the 7th Regiment Connecticut Volunteer Infantry. He was discharged September 12, 1864, time expired.

He was born May 27, 1840 in Mansfield to William and Harriet (Dunham) Bennett. In the 1860 U.S. census in Mansfield, he is a 20 year old teacher in the household of William Bennett. Two of his brothers, George D. Bennett and Theodore F. Bennett also served in the Civil War from Mansfield; they were both in Co. D of the 21st Regiment Connecticut Volunteer Infantry. 

Seth Bennett was a 30 year old teacher living in the household of his brother John Bennett in Marietta, Marshall County, Iowa by the date of the 1870 U.S. census. He moved to Polk, Canada County, Nebraska by the 1880 U.S. census date. He married Laura ____ between 1870 and 1880. In the 1890 Veterans’ census, Seth D. Bennett was residing in Rising City and Reading in Butler County, Nebraska. He was a member of G.A.R (Grand Army of the Republic) Post 20.102 in Nebraska.

On July 14, 1882, he applied for an invalid pension, No. 454,792 that was granted under certificate No. 249,323. His widow later filed application for a pension.

Seth D. Bennett died on February 24, 1893 and is buried at the Circle Mound Cemetery in Rising City, Nebraska, Lot 77, Section B.

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.

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