|Birth: ||Jun. 3, 1839|
|Death: ||Sep. 14, 1919|
Benjamin Heffner died at his late residence at Ringtown, near Topton, aged 90 years, 3 months and 11 days.
He is survived by widow Lillian (nee Bobst), three daughters, Ella, wife of Edwin Fritz, at home; Mrs. Louis Bierly, of Sinking Spring, and Mrs. Edwin Niess, of Emaus.
Also by the following brothers and sisters: Nathan, Allentown; Mrs. John Appel, Allentown; David, of Reading; Mrs. Elizabeth Reed, of Reading, and Mrs. Susan Strahler, of North Carolina.
He served in the Civil war as a private of Co. K. 151st Regt. of Penna. He served nine months.
Funeral Thursday at 9.30 a.m. All services at the house.
Interment in Dryville cemetery. Rev. Wm. F. Kline will officiate. Undertaker J. J. Schofer, of Topton, has charge.
Civil War Veteran
151st Pennsylvania Infantry
1st Brigade Colonel Chapman Biddle, 3rd Division Brigadier General Thomas A. Rowley, 1st Corps Major General John F. Reynolds, Major General Abner Doubleday
The 151st Pennsylvania was commanded at the Battle of Gettysburg by Lieutenant Colonel George Fisher McFarland
The heroism displayed by the One Hundred and Fifty-first in this battle, is unsurpassed; it went into the fight with twenty-one officers, and four hundred and sixty-six men.
Of these, two officers and sixty-six men were killed, twelve officers and one hundred and eighty-seven men were wounded, and one hundred were missing, an aggregate loss of three hundred and sixty-seven, upwards of seventy-five per cent.
July 1. Fought in the grove west of the
July 2. In reserve on Cemetery Hill.
July 3. In position on left center and assisted in repulsing the charge of the enemy in the afternoon.
Lieutenant Colonel George F. McFarland
" I know not," says Colonel M'Farland in his official report, " how men could have fought more desperately, exhibited more coolness, or contested the field with more determined courage."'
General Abner Doubleday
"At Gettysburg," says General Doubleday, who commanded the First Corps, " they won, under the brave M'Farland, an imperishable fame. They defended the left front of the First Corps against vastly superior numbers; covered its retreat against the overwhelming masses of the enemy at the Seminary, west of the town, and enabled me, by their determined resistance, to withdraw the corps in comparative safety. This was on the first day. In the crowning charge of the third day of the battle, the shattered remnants of the One Hundred and Fifty-first Pennsylvania, with the Twentieth New York State Militia, flung themselves upon the front of the rebel column, and drove it from the shelter of a slashing in which it had taken shelter from a flank attack of the Vermont troops. I can never forget the services rendered me by this regiment, directed by the gallantry and genius of M'Farland. I believe they saved the First Corps, and were among the chief instruments to save the Army of the Potomac, and the country from unimaginable disaster."
Source: Dyer, Frederick H. A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion Compiled and Arranged from Official Records of the Federal and Confederate Armies, Reports of he Adjutant Generals of the Several States, the Army Registers, and Other Reliable Documents and Sources.
John Heffner (1800 - 1889)
Mary Miller Heffner (1807 - 1884)
Otillia Brobst Heffner (1847 - 1933)*
Ellen Alice Heffner Fritz (1888 - 1936)*
William M Heffner (1829 - 1915)*
Jonathan Heffner (1830 - 1889)*
Nathan Heffner (1831 - 1921)*
Benneville M Heffner (1833 - 1864)*
Benjamin Heffner (1839 - 1919)
Sarah Ann M. Heffner Heist (1840 - 1893)*
Elizabeth Heffner Reider (1843 - 1922)*
Samuel M Heffner (1845 - 1868)*
David M. Heffner (1846 - 1927)*
Mary A Heffner Appel (1850 - 1928)*
Susanna Heffner Custard (1852 - 1923)*
Note: The Allentown Morning Call - September 16, 1919, page 14
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