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Ambrose S. Benjamin

15th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry
The Scandinavian Regiment

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Name at Enlist

Ambrose S. Benjamin

Birth Name

Ambrose S. Benjamin


ca. 1828 – 31 May 1862

Birth Place

New York

Birth Country


Resident of Muster-In

Waterford, Racine County, WI

Company at Enlistment


Rank at Enlistment


Muster Date

28 Jan 1862

Cause of Death


Death Location

Mississippi River Island No. 10,

Burial Location

Rochester Cem, Rochester, Racine Co, WI


Harriet Cook

Spouse Lived

1827-25Apr 1865

Ambrose S. Benjamin was born in New York. He was married to Harriet Benjamin. They had several children, including James (1847), Charles (1848-1851), Frank (1852), Eva (1854), and Herbert (1859). In 1850, the family was living in Murray, Orleans, NY. In 1860, they lived in Rochester, Racine, WI. Benjamin worked as a farmer.

Ambrose joined the WI 15th Infantry, Company G. The men of the company called themselves the “Rock River Rangers.” The army listed Benjamin as living in Waterford, Racine County, WI, age 34, and married. He enlisted for three years on January 28, 1862, at Madison, WI, and mustered there as a Private (Menig). He died of heart disease at Mississippi River Island No. 10 on May 31, 1862. He was buried originally on the island and, according to the US Civil War Roll of Honor moved to the Mississippi River National Cemetery at Memphis, TN. There is a grave marker for Benjamin Rochester Cemetery, Rochester, Racine County, WI.


Sources: Series 1200: Records of Civil War Regiments, 1861-1900, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, box 76-9; Regimental Muster and Descriptive Rolls, 1861-1865, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, vol.20, p.100; Wisconsin in the War of the Rebellion, Wm. DeLoss Love, 1866, Church and Goodman, Chicago, p.1082; Det Femtende Regiment, Wisconsin Frivillage [The Fifteenth Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteers], Ole A. Buslett, Decorah, IA, 1894, p.529;; 1860 Census, Roll: M653_1427, Page: 841, Image: 459, Family History Library Film: 805427; 1850 Census, GS Film #444291, Digital Folder #004203128; Image #00633.