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This collection includes pensions, speeches, and special orders of Benjamin Goodwin.

Benjamin Franklin Goodwin, a Civil War veteran, was born in 1834, in Steubenville, Ohio. Goodwin was married to Louisa A. Klaberg (1844-1923) in 1859, and enlisted in the Company C of the 119th Illinois Infantry Regiment in August of 1862. He began as a private and saw promotions to the rank of second lieutenant. He served in such campaigns as the Yazoo River Expedition, the River Campaign, Savannah Campaign, and the Mobile Campaign. The most notable battles he fought in was the Battle of Pleasant Hill and the Battle of Nashville. In the late 1860s, he moved with Louisa to Pittsburg, Kansas. A blacksmith by profession, Goodwin was said to have been personally acquainted with Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas. B. F. and Louisa Goodwin had several children, including two sons, Charles W. and Harry F., and a daughter, Pearl. He was involved in local organizations including the Grand Army of the Republic, and the Masonic Order. He passed away in 1926.

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Military and War, Social Life and Behavior


Arts and Humanities | Social and Behavioral Sciences

Size of Collection

.25 linear feet

Dates of Collection


Manuscript Number

SpC MS 0320

Goodwin, Benjamin F., 1864-1945



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