During the Civil War, Benjamin served as a volunteer in Company F, 6th Vermont Infantry. Burlington town records indicate he enlisted for three years, prior to May 1st, 1862.
The Burlington Independent (Burlington, Vermont) June 4, 1886
"Old Ben... came into the grounds and looked about and read inscriptions for an hour or more, and at last he [ the cemetery sexton. Mr. Pickering] spoke to him and asked if he was looking for a place for himself? To which he answered: - No! But still when I die I want to be burried here. He said to him you better select the place then Ben. then turned to him and said, "Pickering, I cannot do that now, but when you hear of my death I hope you will see to it that I am burried here." The tears filled his eyes, and he further answering said: - "My mother was burried here, but I do not know where, I should be glad to be burried by her side." Pickering led him along toward the centre of the yard, and bending down to clear away the grass from the face of a low slab he asked him; was not your mother's name Deborah? Ben s aid that was her name. "And again, did not she die in1827? Ben's eyes filled with tears, his heart stuck in his throat, and he sat down at the foot of that mother's grave and wept for an hour, and cried like a child."
The Burlington Independent (Burlington, Vermont) July 9, 1886 :"Last week old Ben Law, a well known city character, passed away from this life at the poor farm, and was buried at the grounds near there, notwithstanding his former request to be buried at Elmwood avenue by the side of his mother, as we reported in our item on Elmwood avenue cemetery when we called him "Old Ben". Will not some one for sentiment's sake move him to the place where he desired to rest? Since the above was written a friend who had read the item referring to Ben.'s wish to be burried [sic] there has sent us one dollar toward a fund to procure his removal to his mother's side. Who sends the next?"
On July 30, 1886, the Burlington Independent reported that funds had been secured to move Benjamin from his initial burial site in South Burlington to Elmwood Cemtery. Elmwood cemetery records indicate a man named Benjamin Law was interred here in 1886. South Burlington, Vermont city records include the death of Benjamin Law on June 24, 1886. That man was 77 years old, and listed as a "city pauper.".