I am seeking more information on a Philip Banfield, who served in the 27th ME Infantry Regiment during the Civil War. I have a partial bio written about him on my site (www.the27thMaine.com), which I copied below. As a couple of records indicate he was single, I'm sure there's no descendants out there, but I would like to find out more about him as he did serve with a direct ancestor of mine.
PHILIP BANFIELD was perhaps born around 1834 [based on age of 28 when enlisting in 1862 and age 30 in 1864]. I have found little on this individual, having been unable to find him in most census records, except for the 1890 Veteran Schedule when he was living in the National Home for Disabled Veteran Soldiers in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and in 1910 Chelsea, Kennebec Co, ME, where he was living in the Eastern Branch of the National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers. This census says that he was single, age 74 [so born ca 1836], born in Ireland, and he had immigrated here in 1856. He had filed for his Civil War pension on 5 July, 1890 from Wisconsin [app #797,089 cert #53-,22- (hard to read)].
After his service with the 27th ME was done [30 Sept, 1862 - 17 July, 1863], he enlisted into the 1st Mass Cavalry, Co. M, on 4 Jan, 1864, age 30, as a sergeant. His residence was given as Boston this time, his occupation a farmer. He was mustered out on 26 June, 1865 in Washington, DC. The 1890 Vet Sched. says that he suffered a gunshot wound in the head during the Battle of the Wilderness on 6 May, 1864.
I find someone of this name on a New York City passenger list, arriving on ship Rising Star from Aspinwall, Panama on 8 March, 1869, a Philip Banfield age 40, engineer. No clue if same person, but age matches the individual I'm seeking [and name is fairly uncommon].
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