Corporal Benjamin Franklin Sharpless - Company A, Sixth Regiment, Pennsylvania Reserve Volunteer Corps. Wounded at the Battle of Antietam. Sharpless was nineteen when the war broke out, and he was working as a clerk in Bloomsburg, Columbia County, PA. He served with Company A throughout the war. At the Battle of Antietam he was wounded by a piece of shrapnel that hit him in his back, near his hip/spine. He would be mustered out with the regiment in June 1864.
Benjamin F. Sharpless:
Residence Columbia County PA;
Enlisted on 4/22/1861 as a Corporal.
On 4/22/1861 he mustered into "A" Co. PA 35th Infantry
He was Mustered Out on 6/11/1864 at Harrisburg, PA
PENNSYLVANIA THIRTY-FIFTH INFANTRY (Three Years)
Thirty-fifth Infantry - Cols., W. W. Ricketts, William Sinclair, Wellington H. Ent; Lieut.-Cols., William Penrose, Henry B. McKean, Wellington H. Ent, William D. Dickson; Majs., Henry J. Madill, Wellington H. Ent, William H. H. Gore. The 35th, the 6th of the reserves, composed of men from all parts of the state, was ordered with the Kane rifles to Maryland, then to Greencastle, Pa., Washington and Tennallytown. It was mustered it at Washington for three years on July 27, and at Tennally-town was assigned to the 3d brigade of the reserve corps. This brigade won the brilliant victory at Dranesville in December and passed an uneventful winter in camp near Langley. It took part in the strategic movements on the Peninsula in the spring of 1862 and was actively engaged at the second Bull Run, South mountain, Antietam and Fredericksburg, where the losses of the 35th were severe. It then went into camp near Belle Plain; took part in the "Mud March;" was ordered to Alexandria in Feb., 1863, and to Fairfax Station in March, where it remained until the Gettysburg campaign. It was closely engaged in that battle, joined in the pursuit of the enemy and the various marches of the army during the autumn, and went into winter quarters at Kettle Run early in December.
In the spring of 1864 it participated in the engagements of the Wilderness campaign in May and fought its final battle at Bethesda Church After that engagement the regiment started for Harrisburg, where it was mustered out on June II, 1864, the veterans and recruits being transferred to the 191st Pa. Infantry.
Inventory Number: PRVC 029