|Birth: ||Sep. 8, 1832|
|Death: ||Mar. 12, 1931|
The son of John Jacob & Elizabeth (Goddard) Spangler, in 1860, he was a tobacconist living in Carlisle and stood 5' 8" tall with light hair and gray eyes. He married Margaret A. Rhoads April 6, 1861, in Carlisle and fathered Ella Elizabeth (b. 06/07/62), Emma Rebecca (b. 03/03/64), Jennie Bentz (b. 03/30/66), Gertrude Dale (b. 12/30/68 - married Harry C. Bream), and Effie Moore (b. 03/28/71, d. 11/21/80).
A Civil War veteran, he enlisted in Carlisle August 5, 1862, and mustered into federal service at Harrisburg August 11 as a sergeant with Co. A, 130th Pennsylvania Infantry. On the march from Washington to Antietam in September 1862, he alleged that his foot caught on the underbrush, causing him to fall, vomit, and to suffer a rupture. Lt. John Hays sometimes carried his rifle and other equipment because Benjamin was unable. Comrade Duffield Louden supposedly took him to a nearby house but spent that night in the woods. The next morning, Lt. John R. Turner picked him up in a commissary wagon and took him to the regimental assistant surgeon, Fred Haupt, to whom Spangler complained of suffering with external bleeding due to hemorrhoids, not a rupture. He was "sent to the rear September 16 for inefficiency" and thus missed the battle of Antietam. The army reduced him to ranks the next day and sent him to Church U.S. Hospital in Harrisburg where he was placed on crutches. The army discharged him after six weeks for "scrofulous necrosis of the bones of the humerus and ankle joint of the right side." Years later, none of his comrades could recall any disability Benjamin may have suffered that day, and former comrade Walter Allison was bitter about Spangler's behavior.
In 1883, he lived in Williamsport, Lycoming County, working in a cigar factory. His pension file is very large, encompassing three envelopes, and there is a photo of him as an old man in folder three.
From the St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church records of funerals, Carlisle:
Benjamin K. Spangler died March 12, 1931, of arteriosclerosis at age 98 years, 5 months and 26 days. He was buried March 16, 1931, at the Old Graveyard, with the funeral from his home on South West Street.
Margaret A Rhoads Spangler (1840 - 1920)*
Effie Moore Spangler (____ - 1880)*
Created by: Dennis Brandt
Record added: May 22, 2011
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