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From: Robert Larkin <>
Subject: [CIVIL-WAR-IRISH] Benjamin Brandon - 9th CVI
Date: Sat, 17 Mar 2012 09:16:37 -0700 (PDT)


In researching the details of soldiers on the Ninth Regiment
Connecticut Volunteers (CT’s Irish regiment) I keep on coming back to the story
of Benjamin Brandon as there are areas that need to be documented.
 
Records show that with an occupation as blacksmith he
enlisted as a private in Co K of the Ninth on May 24, 1862 with a residence of
Norwich, CT. (The Ninth was one of the first regiments to enter the fallen city
of New Orleans on May 1 of that year and was preparing to head upriver to Baton
Rouge as part of the first campaign against Vicksburg in 1862.) Brandon
was promoted to Cpl on Oct 19, 1862
after the failed attempt to dig the bypass canal opposite Vicksburg;
to Sgt on Nov 27, 1862 and
to 1st Sgt on Jan 27, 1863.
The regiment was reconstituted as the Ninth Battalion in October of 1864 and Brandon
was mustered out of Company D on August 3, 1865.
  
 On Nov 1, 1875 records show that he
re-entered the military (former occupation: soldier) in Company F of the 7th U S Cavalry with a rank of Farrier. His place of birth is shown as Hopkinsville, ChristianCounty,
KY in 1831. He died seven months later on June 25, 1876 at Little Big Horn with Custer’s column.   http://www.friendslittlebighorn.com/7thUSCavalry1876.pdf   He is believed to have been married with children.

 
Several questions exist all with possible but undocumented
explanations. How was he born in Kentucky but enlisted in Norwich, CT or was
the Norwich CT  “residence” actually the
home of the Ninth’s recruiter. Two stories have been also been offered about
his appearance in New Orleans. One
states that he was one of the Confederate soldiers who were pressed into
service in New Orleans to defend FortJackson but mutinied when it
finally fell and were taken prisoner. Those that pledged allegiance to the
Union were pardoned and assigned to the U S Infantry in the west with the
exception of a few that were enlisted into the regiments in the New Orleans
area looking to bolster their numbers.
 
A second explanation deals with U S Infantry that were
stationed under Gen Twigg in Texas.
When Twigg declared for the Confederacy at the start of the war, he seized all
arms and supplies, and imprisoned the soldiers that would not make a similar
pledge. They were later pardoned and made their way out of Texas,
many to New Orleans. Was Brandon
one of these?
 
Any details or thoughts on the above story of Benjamin
Brandon would be appreciated.
 
Bob Larkin


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