see http://www.pa-roots.com/pacw/infantry/51st/51stbiblio.htmlhttp://www.pa-roots.com/pacw/infantry/51st/51stbiblio.html Sauers, Richard A. Advance the Colors!: Pennsylvania Civil War Battle Flags. Vol. 1. Hbg, PA: Capitol Preservation Comm, 1987. pp. 139-44 (6 photocopied pages). E527.4S38.1987v1. (Brief unit history with emphasis on the regimental flags).
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The following pertinent personal papers are in the Institute's Manuscript Archive:
Benfer, David - Papers (Enlisted man's diary, Jan l, l863- Jan l8, l865)
Birth:Sep. 22, 1833 Snyder County Pennsylvania, USA Death:Aug. 25, 1912 Marysville (Perry County) Perry County Pennsylvania, USA
David Benfer, aged 79 years, died at his late home on Valley Street Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock. Mr. Benfer enlisted in the Army on October 10, 1862, from Snyder county and was mustered into the United States Service at Harrisburg. Mr. Benfer was taken sick with rheumatism at Knoxville, Tenn. November 1864, but remained with the regiment and was honorably discharged January 12, 1865, near Petersburg, Virginia, on account of chronic rheumatism. Mr. Benfer was a member of Lieutenants David Geib Post No. 188, Grand Army of the Republic, Marysville. Mr. Benfer was one of the oldest residents of Marysville. He lived here twenty years and prior to that lived for twenty-three years near town. Those surviving Mr. Benfer are his wife, Mrs. Matilda Benfer, four sons, James W. Benfer, of Marysville; Henry A. Benfer, of Lewisburg; David F. Benfer, of Baltimore; Arthur E. Benfer of Marysville; and brother, George Benfer, of McClure; twenty five grandchildren and three great grandchildren. Mr. Benfer was a very active member of the Evangelical Church and also a member of the Knights of Pythias. Funeral services will be held Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock in the Evangelical Church, the Rev. W.C. Detweller and the Rev. I.N. Bair officiating. Burial was in Chestnut Grove Cemetery.