Benjamin F Laughlin

BirthAug. 25, 1841
DeathMarch 26, 1931
CemeteryGreenwood (Greenwood)
PostMission Ridge (Greenwood)
Unit25th Iowa Infantry, Company B

Corporal Benjamin F. Laughlin

Company B, 25th Iowa Infantry

Laughlin was born at Davenport (Scott County), Iowa on August 25, 1841. He was living in Mount Pleasant (Henry County), Iowa when he enlisted and mustered into the 25th Iowa Infantry on August 13, 1862. Laughlin enlisted as a private and was promoted 3 times during 1863 and 1864. The promotions were within the rank of corporal. He served about 34 months and was mustered out on June 6, 1865 at Washington DC. He moved to Greenwood from Mount Pleasant, Iowa in 1884 and resided there until 1920.

The 25th Iowa Infantry was organized at Mount Pleasant on September 27, 1862. During Laughlin’s enlistment the regiment was involved in many major battles and campaigns. Some of them include:

Siege of Vicksburg (MS) (May 18-July 4, 1863).

Battle of Chattanooga (TN) (November 23-27, 1863).

Siege of Atlanta (GA) (July 22–August 25, 1864).

Operations against Confederate General Hood in Georgia and Alabama (October 1-26, 1864).

General Sherman’s “March to the Sea” (GA) (November 15 – December 10, 1864).

Siege of Savannah (GA) (December 10-21, 1864).

Campaign of the Carolinas (January-April 1865).

At the Bennett House (Raleigh NC) when Confederate General Johnston surrendered the Army of Tennessee (April 26, 1865).

Grand Review of the Troops (Washington DC) (May 24, 1865).

Laughlin’s obituary mentions that he fought in 42 major engagements during the Civil War.

Laughlin died on March 26, 1931 at the age of 89 years. Laughlin died in Gary, Indiana. He was a member of the Mission Ridge Post (#149) of the Grand Army of the Republic in Greenwood, Nebraska. At the time of his death, only 2 members of the Mission Ridge Post were still living. Both of them were residing in Lincoln.

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Note: Veteran bios were compiled and written by Dean Podoll.