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Capt. Benjamin C. Pennell, Portland, ca. 1863

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Capt. Benjamin C. Pennell, Portland, ca. 1863

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Benjamin C. Pennell, a 20-year-old blacksmith in Portland, was commissioned as a 2nd lieutenant in Co. B of the 17th Maine Infantry on August 18, 1862.

Pennell was promoted to 1st lieutenant in December 1862 and to captain in August 1863.

He was killed at the Battle of Petersburg on June 17, 1864, by a stray bullet while spotting targets.

Other Information


  • Title: Capt. Benjamin C. Pennell, Portland, ca. 1863
  • Creator: A. M. McKenney, Portland
  • Creation Date: circa 1863
  • Subject Date: circa 1863
  • Town: Portland
  • County: Cumberland
  • State: ME
  • Media: Photograph, carte de visite
  • Dimensions (cm): 10 x 6
  • Local Code: Coll. 2293, Carte de visite album
  • Collection: Grenville F. Sparrow Collection
  • Object Type: Image

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Maine Historical Society
489 Congress Street, Portland, ME 04101
(207) 774-1822
http://www.mainehistory.org

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