Colonel, 9th Maryland, Vol. Inf.
Critic-Record (Washington, DC), Tuesday, February 28, 1888: "Death of Colonel Simpson. Colonel Benjamin L. Simpson died yesterday at his home, 138 Pennsylvania avenue, aged 70 years. Colonel Simpson has for many years held important positions at the navy yard. He was born in Baltimore, where he learned the ship-builder's trade. He served with great distinctions during the late war, raising a regiment of soldiers, which he commanded until the whole regiment except himself and his lieutenant colonel were captured near Charleston, W. Va. The cause of his death was consumption, contracted in the army, and he leaves a widow, a son and daughter. The funeral will take place tomorrow and will be attended by Kit Carson Post, G, A, R, a firing party from he Old Guard, a delegation from the Purnell Legion and Lodge 5, I. O. O. F."