Ferris Men in the Civil War

Union soldiers at rest

Union soldiers at rest after drill, Petersburg, Va., 1864. The soldiers are seated reading letters and papers and playing cards. 111-B-220 from the National Archives

Many years ago, when I was a volunteer firefighter in Alfred Station, NY, we would march in the Andover, NY, Memorial Day parade and take part in the ceremonies at their cemetery after. One of our officers pointed out to us one Memorial Day just how many of the graves were Andover men who had been killed in the Civil War.

As I compiled this list, that haunting comment came back to me as I found three brothers from Pennsylvania who had died in the war. They are Benjamin, Henry and Levi. All of the men below are from the lineage of Jeffrey Ferris.

Eugene Ferris, also listed below, was awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions in Virginia in 1865. That will be the topic of a separate post.

I am certain that this list is incomplete and I will update it as I find new information.

  First Last Birth date Birth place Death date Death place Cause
Aaron Peck Ferris Apr. 21 1831 Stanwich, CT Mar. 28 1922 Sound Beach, CT
Abram Decker Ferris 1819 1894
Alexander Ferris Dec. 1842 Greenwich, Fairfield, Connecticut, USA May. 16 1864 Hammonds Hospital, Point Lookout MD KIA
Benjamin Ferris 1841 Pennsylvania, USA ?
Caleb G Ferris Jul. 18 1824 Oct. 19 1864 KIA or sickness
Charles W Ferris Jun. 13 1844 Apr. 20 1864 North Carolina, USA KIA
David F Ferris Jul. 1841 Westchester, New York, USA Mar. 31 1865 Five Forks, Dinwiddie County, Virginia, 23833, USA KIA
Edmund Ferris Apr. 13 1842 Geauga County, Ohio, USA Mar. 23 1919 San Diego, San Diego County, California, USA
Edward Franklin Ferris 1838 1908 Bozeman, Gallatin County, Montana, USA
Eugene W. Ferris Nov. 18 1841 Springfield, Windsor County, Vermont, USA Feb. 26 1907 Indiana, USA
Henry Ferris Apr. 14 1838 Pennsylvania, USA Dec. 25 1861 Washington, District of Columbia, District of Columbia, USA KIA or sickness
Isaac H Ferris Apr. 7 1840 Steuben, New York, USA Dec. 2 1905 Bath, Steuben County, New York, 14810, USA
James M Ferris 1838 Jun. 16 1901
Joel E Ferris Dec. 4 1842 Bradford County, Pennsylvania, USA Nov. 3 1918 Elmira, Chemung, New York, USA
John Clavin Ferris Sep. 11 1817 Stamford, Fairfield, Connecticut, USA May. 20 1902 Tunkhannock, Wyoming, Pennsylvania, 18657, USA
John Simmons Ferris Feb. 6 1832 Steuben, New York, USA Sep. 27 1910 Bath

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, Steuben County, New York, 14810, USA

Levi L Ferris Mar. 11 1840 Pennsylvania, USA May. 31 1862 Henrico, Henrico County, Virginia, 23294, USA KIA
Nathaniel Ferris Mar. 24 1828 Linwood, Ohio, USA Sep. 7 1899 Hamilton, Ohio, USA
Peter Brandow Ferris Aug. 25 1832 Constantia, Oswego, New York, USA Mar. 23 1899 Constantia, Oswego, New York, USA
Major Samuel Peters Ferris 1839 1882
Squire H. Ferris 1817 Orange County, New York, USA ?