Find A Grave Memorial 22835373 includes a gravestone photo with this inscription:


CO, D.


This seems to suggest that B. F. Ervin served in the 2nd Indiana Cavalry Regiment; however, I cannot find anyone with the last name "Ervin", "Irvin", "Erwin", or "Irwin" in the roster for the regiment.

Why wouldn't he be listed in the roster, and where can his military record be found? I believe him to be Benjamin Franklin Ervin, b.c. 1838 in Hartford City, Blackford, Indiana.

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    There is an Edward Irwin in Company 'M' in that list, but there's also a First Sergeant Frank Ewing in Company 'D' (which appears to match the inscription) who may be worth further investigation, particularly as the stone includes "SGT" at the top of the inscription.
    – AndyW
    Aug 21 '18 at 12:56
  • @AndyW Great! Could you please make that an answer so I can accept it? Aug 21 '18 at 14:03

That roster does in fact include a Private Edward Irwin as a member of Company 'M'(page with printed number 293 in the pdf).

However, the gravestone inscription is slightly longer than in your question: Gravestone of B F Ervin

CO, D.

Assuming that "CO, D." means Company 'D' in the roster, we can check that group's membership in more detail. There is no Ervin, Irwin etc, but there is a "First Sergeant Frank Ewing": Excerpt from roster of Company D

It is not quite the right name, but he is the right rank in the right company. Therefore, given the scope for misprints and variant spellings, I think he is worthy of further investigation, if only to eliminate him.

The roster says that he died in 1862, while the grave has no death or burial date attached. If you can find when B. F. Ervin died, then you'll have a useful point of comparison with Frank Ewing.

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