Welcome to "Remembering the 142nd PVI". The purpose of this site is post pictures, information, and the final resting places of this regiment of the American Civil War. It seeks to tell a "bottom up" history, straight from the common soldiers themselves. If you have any information concerning the 142nd, please email me at bmonticue@gmail.com. Thank you and enjoy.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Pvt. Benjamin A. Boyts, Co.C

Benjamin A. Boyts was born around 1844 in Pennsylvania. In 1860, just before the war, Benjamin was farming and living in the home of his parents, John and Mary A. Boyts in Upper Turkeyfoot Twp, Somerset County, PA.

He enlisted in Co. C of the 142nd PVI on August 25, 1862 and was mustered out at the end of the war on May 29, 1865.

Eventually, Benjamin would marry his wife Maggie and move westward, settling in Kansas City, MO. On March 21, 1912, a 68 year old Benjamin Boyts moved into the National Home for Disabled Veterans in Leavenworth, KS. At the time of his admission, his disablities were labeled as asthma, an old gunshot wound to the ankle, and myalgia.

Three months after his admission to the Home, Benjamin Boyts passed away on June 20, 1912. The cause of death was listed as mitral stenosis, a type of heart disease. He was laid to rest in Leavenworth National Cemetery the following day.

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