Private Benjamin E. Kirgan, Co. F, 44th Missouri Infantry, USA

ca. 1821

  • Benjamin was born in Tennessee.


  • August 22: Newspaper article from the Alton Telegraph, Alton, IL · offered $10 reward for the return of Benj Kirgan, after leaving his apprenticeship in Carrollton, IL.


  • His father William died in Greene County, IL.


  • October 22: Benjamin married Dorothy Smith.


  • November 12: The U.S. Federal Census enumerated in Brunswick, MO showed Benjamin, a farmer, and Dorothy living with their son Arthur, 3 yrs and Dorothy’s sons from a previous marriage: Joseph and John Cooley.


  • May 7: Benjamin’s wife Dorothy died in Chariton County, MO.


  • Benjamin married Frances E Gillespie.


  • June 7: The U.S. Federal Census enumerated in Grand River, Carroll County, MO showed Benjamin, a carpenter, and  Frances living with their children: Arthur, age 11 and James, 2.


  • August 10: Enlisted in the U.S. Army, 7th MO Calvary attached to the 18th MO Infantry. 
  •             October 31: An article appeared in the Nebraska Advertiser, Brownsville, NB. The article mentions a skirmish Benjamin fights in and that he was mortally wounded.


  • October 15: Discharged from the U.S. Army.


  • September 14:  Commissioned as an officer in the 44th MO Infantry.
  • September 21: Benjamin mustered into the 44th MO. Remarks: “Muster in from civil life by virtue of a commission from the Gov of MO. Dated St. Lewis MO Sept 14,1864 to fill vacancy vice original.” 
  • September 9-October 31: Company Muster Roll. Present.  Remarks: “Date of Commission for 2nd Lt. Sept 14th, 1864 Rank from Sept 20th, 1864 assigned to duty as 2nd Lt and done duty in Co “F” 44 R. I. M. Vol. Sept 9th 1864”
  • October 23: Recommendation letter for Benjamin to take charge of the refugees in Rolla MO, written by Robert Bradshaw.
  • October 23: Company Muster Roll. Absent. Remarks: “Superintendent of Refugees at Rolla MO Oct 23rd/64 by Col. A Sigel”
  • November& December:  Company Muster Roll. Loss. Remarks: “Killed in fighting at Franklin TN Nov 30/64 in consequence of our forces retreating his body fell into the hands of the enemy with his effects, papers, etc.”


  • March 31: Benjamin’s widow Frances filed for Widows Pension.


  • November 13: Joseph Baker, Grandson filed for Pension.