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Benjamin Franklin Watrous
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Birth: Mar. 20, 1840
Cortland County
New York, USA
Death: Sep. 18, 1896
Redlands
San Bernardino County
California, USA

CIVIL WAR, UNION ARMY, SARGENT 76th REGIMENT NEW YORK INFANTRY.
Enlistment Place:Freetown,NY
Enlisted as a Sergeant on 14 September 1861 at the age of 21.
Enlisted in Company D, 76th Infantry Regiment New York on 4 Oct 1861.
Promoted to Full Private (Reduced to ranks) on 2 Nov 1862.
Transferred into 147th Infantry Regiment New York on 28 Jan 1865.
Transferred out of Company D, 76th Infantry Regiment New York on 28 Jan 1865.
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The following is taken from The Union army: a history of military affairs in the loyal states, 1861-65 -- records of the regiments in the Union army -- cyclopedia of battles -- memoirs of commanders and soldiers. Madison, WI: Federal Pub. Co., 1908. volume II.
Seventy-sixth Infantry.óCols., Nelson W. Green, W. P. Wain-wright, Charles E. Livingston; Lieut.-Cols., John D. Shaul, Charles E. Livingston, Andrew J. Grover, John E. Cook, Charles A. Wat-kins; Majs., Charles E. Livingston, Andrew J. Grover, John E. Cook, John W. Young. The 76th, the "Cortland Regiment," recruited principally in Cortland and Otsego counties, was mustered into the U. S. service at Albany, Jan. 16, 1862, for three years. It left the state the next day for Washington, was assigned to the 3d brigade of Casey's division and served in the vicinity of Washington during the first winter. It suffered its first severe loss at Manassas in Aug., 1862, when it served with the 2nd brigade, 1st division, 3d corps, losing in the several engagements of Gen. Pope's campaign, 147 in killed, wounded and missing. It was active at South mountain and Antietam, its brigade and division having been assigned to the 1st corps, with which it accompanied the cavalry advance through Philomont, Union and Upperville, Va. It participated in the battle of Fredericksburg, went into winter quarters near Fal-mouth and during the Chancellorsville movement, lost 3 men while guarding bridges. At Gettysburg the regiment took a prominent part and suffered the loss of 234 in killed, wounded and missing. Previous to this battle the ranks had been reinforced by the addition of the veterans and recruits of the 24th and 30th N. Y. infan-try, but after Gettysburg they were again sadly thinned. The regiment participated in the Mine Run fiasco, and at Brandy Station in Jan., 1864, was transferred to the 1st brigade of the same division, returning to its old brigade in March, and was later assigned to the 2nd brigade, 4th division, 5th corps, and broke camp in April for the Wilderness campaign, in which it suffered its greatest loss during the first two daysó282 killed, wounded or missing. It continued to see hard service at Spottsylvania, the North Anna, Toto-potomoy, Cold Harbor and Petersburg, where it took part in the siege operations until the end of its term of service. It was mustered out by companies, July I, Oct. II and 20, Nov. 8 and 18, Dec. 1, 1864, and Jan. 1, 1865, the veterans and recruits being transferred to the 147th N. Y. infantry. The regiment lost during its term of service 175 by death from wounds and 166 by death from accident, imprisonment or disease, of whom 56 died in imprisonment. It ranks among the "three hundred fighting regiments."
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Son of Benjamin B. and Sabra Elizabeth(Lampher)Watrous

1st wife, Mary C. Tanner( Mar. 12, 1843 in NY - Feb. 5, 1894 in Redlands.)

1880 census shows Benj. and a wife Mary.

Married Maude Leslie Bates 18 Dec 1894 in Redlands,CA

 
 
Family links: 
 Parents:
  Benjamin Backus Watrous (1803 - 1890)
  Sabra E. Lanpher Watrous (1803 - 1885)
 
 Spouses:
  Mary S Tanner Watrous (1862 - 1894)
  Maude Leslie Bates Bean (1875 - 1961)*
 
 Siblings:
  Rosalia S. Watrous (1830 - 1853)*
  Charlotte Watrous (1836 - 1837)**
  Delilah Drusilla Watrous (1838 - 1861)**
  Benjamin Franklin Watrous (1840 - 1896)
  Ellen Watrous (1844 - 1846)**
  Austin Augustus Watrous (1846 - 1928)*
 
*Calculated relationship
**Half-sibling
 
Burial:
Hillside Memorial Park
Redlands
San Bernardino County
California, USA
Plot: Original 6
 
Created by: Barbara LeClaire
Record added: Oct 20, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 30694106
Benjamin Franklin Watrous
Added by: Barbara LeClaire
 
Benjamin Franklin Watrous
Added by: Barbara LeClaire
 
Benjamin Franklin Watrous
Added by: Barbara LeClaire
 
 
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