He was born in March 1823 (11; 4 (38 in 1861), 7 (73 in ?1895), 10 (55 in 1880), 11 (77 in 1900), 13 (73 in 1895)). He was born in New York, New York (4, 7, 10 [PA], 11 [PA], 13).
When he enlisted, he was 5 feet 10-1/2 inches tall, and had a dark complexion, hazel eyes, and black hair (4). He had a scar between the thumb and far finger of his left hand (4).
He enlisted and was mustered into service on 29 August 1861 (1, 4, 9, 12). He was enlisted for three years, at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, by Captain McArthur (4). He was a private in company C (1, 13, 14-16).
He fought at the Battle of Gettysburg (6).
He reenlisted as a veteran volunteer (1).
He was reduced to the ranks (3).
He mustered out on 10 July 1865 with his company (1, 9, 12). He had served for forty-seven months (7, 9 [3 years 11 months 21 days], 13). He was a private, in company C (14-16).
In 1880, he was living in Nyack, Rockland County, New York (10). He was living with his wife Marie and son William J (10). He was a shoemaker (10).
On 8 May 1880, he applied successfully for a pension (8, 12).
In 1890, he was living in Nyack, Rockland County, New York (9).
On 2 August 1895, he was admitted to the National Soldiers Home (7, 13). He was admitted from New York (7, 13). He had a gunshot wound of the scalp (7). He was receiving a pension of $6 per month (7).
In 1896, he was present at the Southern Branch of the National Soldiers Home (7).
In 1900, he was living in the Southern Branch of the National Soldiers Home, in Elizabeth City County, Virginia (11). He was widowed (11). He was a shoemaker (11).
He died on 18 March 1902 (12, 13). He apparently died at the Southern Branch of the National Soldiers Home (13).
1 Bates, Samuel Penniman. History of Pennsylvania volunteers, 1861-5. Harrisburg: B. Singerly, state printer, 1869-71. 5 volumes. 'Ninety-first regiment', volume 3, pages 186-233. (In the roster)
2 special order 31, HQ 91st PA, 1 April 1864
3 company C, List of non-commissioned officers, page 2, corporals (Benjamin Vandever)
4 company C, descriptive roll, entry 73 (Benjamin Vandever)
5 company C, untitled list, probably of status at muster out, entry 63 (Benjamin Vandever)
6 Pennsylvania Memorial, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania (Benj Vandever)
7 Report of the Board of Managers of the National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers for the fiscal year ended June 30, 1896. Serial Set volume 3516, session volume 40, 54th Congress, 2nd Session, House Document 46. Page 840. (Henry Trost)
8 pension index, by name (Benjamin Vandever)
9 1890 US census, veterans' schedule, New York, Rockland County, Nyack, supervisor's district 4, enumeration district 96, page 1 (Benjamin Vandever)
10 1880 US census, New York, Rockland County, Nyack, supervisor's district 4, enumeration district 55, microfilm series T9, film 924, page 182 = page 54 B handwritten (Benjamin Vandever)
11 1900 US census, Virginia, Elizabeth City County, Southern Branch National Home for D.V.S., supervisor's district 2, enumeration district 8, microfilm series T623, film 1707, page 123 = sheet 31 B handwritten (Benjamin Vandever)
12 pension index, by regiment, 91st PA Infantry, company C (Benjamin Vandever)
13 Serial Set volume 4490, session volume 51, 57th Congress, 2nd session, House Document 54, Report of the Board of Managers of the National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers for the Fiscal year ended June 30, 1902. Page 391. (Benj Vanderver [sic])
14 index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania (Benjamin Vandever)
15 index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania (Benjamin Vandaver)
16 index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania (Benjamin Vandiver)
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|name||Vandever Benjamin||- Marie||- William J|
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|occupation||Shoemaker||Keeps House||At School|
|school this year|
|birthplace||Penna||N.Y.||" [sc. N.Y.]|
|father's birthplace||Penna||N.Y.||" [sc. N.Y.]|
|mother's birthplace||Penna||N.Y.||" [sc. N.Y.]|
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