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

ca. 1821

  • Born in Tennessee.


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


  • His Father William dies in Greene County, Illinois


  • October 22: Marries Dorothy Smith.


  • The United States Federal Census taken on November 12th in Brunswick, Missouri shows 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: Wife Dorothy dies in Chariton County MO.


  • Marries Frances E Gillespie.


  • United States Federal Census taken on June 7th in Grand River, Carroll County, Missouri shows Benjamin, a carpenter, and Frances living with their children: Arthur, age 11 and James, 2.


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


  • October 15: Discharged from the United States Army.


  • September 14:  Commissioned as an officer in the 44th Missouri Infantry.
  • September 21: Musters into the 44th  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 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 files for Widows Pension.


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