Crawfordsville Daily Journal
Thursday, July 13, 1865
We regret to learn that our fellow townsman Corporal B.B. Ensminger, of Company B, 120th Indiana Volunteers, departed this life on the 24th of June, in a hospital at Petersburg, Va. – Mr. B had been furloughed and was on his way home on a short visit, when an accident befell him – crushed between two railroad cars – causing his death on the following day. He leaves a wife and several small children, and a host of friends to mourn his loss.
Crawfordsville Daily Journal
Thursday, July 20, 1865
Camp Near Charlotte N.C., July 2, 1865
Ed. Journal: While enjoying the amusements of camp life under the genial rays of peace highly appreciated by the soldier, the sudden announcement of the death of Corporal Benjamin B. Emsminger, Company B, 120th Indiana Volunteers, has sent a deep pang of grief to the hearts of his numerous friends throughout the Regiment, and especially the members of our company. As to the particulars of the accident that resulted in his death, we are not advised.
Corporal Ensminger enlisted in the service of his country, December 25th, 1863, at Crawfordsville, Indiana; and on the 30th of January; 1864, he was mustered in with the company at Lafayette, Ind. on the 20t the part of a gallant soldierh of March, ’64, the Regiment took the train at Indianapolis for Louisville, Ky. Remaining at that place a few days, we proceeded by rail to Nashville, and from there marched to Charleston, Tenn. On the 3rd of May, we started from that place on the campaign which resulted in the fall of Atlanta. During that eventful campaign the deceased acted nobly the part of a gallant soldier, and was in every battle or skirmish in which the regiment or company was engaged. Afterward in the battles of Spring Hill, Franklin, and Nashville, he performed his whole duty. At Kinston, N.C., on the 10th of March, 1865, he bravely faced the dangers of another hard fought battle. During the entire period of his service, he was never absent from duty an hour without leave; brave, kind and generous, he was beloved by all who knew him.
Lt. Esaias Cox, Company B, 120th Ind. Cox resided in Franklin Twp.
This P.M. at a meeting of the members of the Company, and the friends of the deceased generally, called for the purpose of adopting resolutions expressive of our feelings,
On motion, Lieut.-Col. R.C. Kise, commanding the regiment, was called to Chair, and Sergt. I.R. McClaskey chosen Secretary.
Col. Kise then in a few touching remarks stated the object of the meeting.
Col. Kise, Capt. McClaskey and Lieut. Cox being appointed a committee, reported the following Preamble and Resolutions, which were unanimously adopted;
Whereas, Under the dispensation of an all wise Providence, out esteemed comrade and fellow soldier, Benjamin B. Ensminger, Corporal, company B, 120th Regiment Indiana Volunteers, has been removed from our midst by the irresistible hand of death – the result of a sad and deplorable accident; therefore be it
Resolved, That in his death the service has lost a gallant soldier and society an honorable and exemplary gentleman; and be it further
Resolved That while the gallant departed was unflinching in the discharge of his duty as a soldier and as a man, and his hand ever open to the wants of his comrads, and his heart always beating with sympathy for the suffering, we will cherish and hold in honored remembrance, till life’s latest throb, the noble qualities of the one whose loss we mourn do deeply.
Resolved , That we deeply sympathize with the bereaved relatives and friends of the deceased, and with our condolence, tender them the condolatory assurance that as a soldier Corporal Ensminger was always prompt in the discharge of his duty, regardless of danger, and that as a companion and gentleman, his conduct was ever such as to win the esteem of all who knew him.
Resolved, That as a testimonial of our grief for our fellow comrade, we wear the usual badge of mourning for the period of thirty days.
Resolved, That copies of the proceedings of this meeting be furnished to the family of the deceased; and also to the editors of the Crawfordsville Review and Journal for publication.
Liet. – Col. R.C. Kise, President
Sergt. I.R. McClaskey, Secretary