Mustered into service as a Private on July 29th, 1861
Died 29 September 1862
Private Parsons was admitted to the hospital soon after arriving in Washington D.C. in the late summer of 1861 with a case of typhoid fever. He would recover and return to the regiment in the late fall.
On September 17th, 1862 he was wounded at the Battle of Antietam and would die from his wounds later that month. On October 1st, 1862 fellow soldier Henry Marsh wrote to Benjamins father explaining to him that his son was buried at the Keedy Farm near Keedysville Maryland along with Private Joshua Jones who died the day before his son. Joshua is now in a marked grave in the Antietam National Cemetery so it is assumed that Benjamin was also moved to the cemetery. Somehow his identity was lost in the process and he is probably in a grave marked "unknown" at the