Benjamin W Ellison Civil War Service Records

10 Mar

Benjamin Walker Ellison was mustered into the 16th Michigan Infantry, Company G, on March 28th, 1865. He was discharged on July 8, 1865 and then admitted to Harper Hospital in Detroit on July 15th, 1865 with intermittent fever. Intermittent fever was the medical term for a rarely fatal form of malaria: Plasmodium Vivax.

BWE was a drafted soldier. He was 23 years old, had blue eyes, light hair and he was 5′ 2.5″ tall. His home at the time was in Greenville, Montcalm County, Michigan.

At the time of his discharge, he had been advanced in money and clothing $64.15 and he owed the U.S. $6.00 for arms and equipment.

His military service records from the National Archives can be seen here: MilitaryDocBWE

Benjamin W Ellison would have joined the 16th Michigan Infantry as they were involved in the following according to the Civil War Archive:

“Appomattox Campaign March 28-April 9. Junction of quaker and Boydton Roads and Lewis Farm near Gravelly Run March 29. White Oak Road March 30-31. Five Forks April 1. Fall of Petersburg April 2. Pursuit of Lee April 3-9. Appomattox Court House April 9. Surrender of Lee and his army. March to Washington, D.C., May 3-12. Grand Review May 23. Moved to Louisville, Ky., June 16-22, thence to Jeffersonville, Ind. Mustered out July 8, 1865.”

History of the 16th Michigan Infantry from Michigan Archives:,9067


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