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Benjamin F. Partridge (1822-1892)
Native of Shelby, MI, and early Bay City pioneer.

1865: Partridge Returns. Contributed by Jim Petrimouls - May 2008.

Bay City Journal - Thursday, July 27, 1865

Col. B. F. Partridge of the lately disbanded 16th regiment of Michigan Infantry, accompanied by Lieut. Col. Hill, Capt. Powers and several other officers, arrived on the Susan Ward this (Friday) afternoon. A number of our prominent citizens assembled on the dock to meet the gallant Colonel, and tender him their congratulations upon his return.

1865 Jul.: Presentation. Contributed by Jim Petrimoulx - May 2008.

Bay City Journal - July 27,1865


Last evening the officers of the 16th Michigan invited Colonel B. F. Partridge into the gentlemen’s parlor of the Russell House, where they presented him a splendid set of plate, consisting of a ice pitcher, tray and goblets, contributed by the officers of his regiment. Colonel Stockton who raised the 16th was present . After many pleasant toasts and much congenial conversation, it was proposed that the officers form themselves into a society to meet every year for the purpose of more congenially remembering one another. Col. Stockton was appointed president, Colonel Partridge, vice-president, Lt. Col. Hill and Capt Powers corresponding secretaries, after which all , with the most kindly feelings and expressions of good wishes, parted to meet again, circumstances permitting, on the anniversary of General Robert E. Lee’s army.
---Detroit Free Press.

1865 Jul 27: Farewell. Contributed by Jim Petrimoulx - May 2008.

Bay City Journal - July 27,1865 (Page 2)

The following is the farewell of Col. B. F. Partridge
to the 16th Michigan Infantry

H’dg’rs 16th Mich. Vet. Vol. Inf.
Detroit July 25,1865
General Order No. 17

Officers and Soldiers of the 16th Regiment Mich. Vet. Vol. Infantry

This is the hour which has served as a talisman to each of you during the last four years. The rebellion crushed out of existence, the Union one and inseparable, and yourselves enabled to return to your homes, to follow the peaceful pursuit of life. May your career in civil life be as successful as your military has been. Before parting with you, I must express my high appreciation of your merits as patriots and soldiers. You have earned and received encomiums of praise from every commander under whom you have served, and you served under those who knew too well the value of praise to bestow it unmerited. When I look around and see the heroes of such battles as Gaines Hill, Malvern Hill, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg and the tremendous Wilderness fights, and then think of the noble spirits we lost, those places it would seem that we were cemented to each other by something stronger than the common ties of friendship. I hope we shall always entertain this friendly feeling towards each other, and above all, let us cherish with reverence the memory of our fallen braves; and let us ever be ready to the extent of our power to aid a dependant relative of any of those who fell in the cause of liberty , and in the ranks of our glorious organization.

We remember with mournful pride our well beloved Elliott, who while in command of the Regiment so nobly fell at his post. Still later the gallant Welch, who fell while heroically leading the boys he loved so well. He fell with sword uplifted in the air, his foot upon the enemy’s works, and the shout of victory on his lips. May their names and their gallant deeds never be forgotten.

I notice with pride your excellent conduct since your arrival in Detroit. I am delighted that you show our fellow citizens, while you have been fighting to maintain law and order and composed a part of the best disciplined army in the world, that when released from the severe restraint necessary to such a life, you know how to respect civil law, and conduct yourselves as gentlemen, as citizens and soldiers of this Great Republic.

Should our country ever again be cursed with war (which I trust will never be) and such men as the old Sixteenth will rally around our country’s flag. I shall rest assured of the result. I am confident you have taught the world a lesson not readily forgotten, that none are so brave in the cause of freedom as the free, and none so free as an American citizen.

Hoping that your future career may be prosperous, that you may live long to enjoy what you so nobly fought for, bravest of soldiers, kindest of comrades, God bless you, Farewell.

B. F. Partridge
Col. Com’dg Regiment

1896: Pioneer Society (Added Nov. 2007)

Pioneer Society of Michigan (Vol.XXVI, 1896)

Bay County Memorial Report
by Judge Andrew C. Maxwell, of Bay City



The military services of General Benjamin F. Partridge, the severe fighting, hard and exhausting marching, his numerous wounds received in action, his many and brilliant promotions, are best summarized in the official records of the war department of the United States and of the State of Michigan, which are hereto appended.

From the movement upon Yorktown, Virginia, until the final surrender of Lee at Appomattox, General Partridge was an officer in the Third (Butterfield's) Brigade, First Division, Fifth Army Corps, army of the Potomac, participating in all the campaigns of that illustrious army.

Although at times suffering severely from wounds, General Partridge refused to leave the front, believing that while the war of the rebellion continued, the place of the volunteer commander was with the men, who, with him, enlisted for the war, and over whose interests the general always exercised a paternal supervision.

A temperate, well ordered youth had ensured a vigorous, handsome manhood which he dedicated unreservedly to the service of his country. No man was more patriotic, no soldier more freely offered his life as a sacrifice to his country's flag. Quiet and unobtrusive in manner, he never intruded his convictions, neither could he be swerved from the line of conscientious duty by power or threat, this duty being always discharged without fear or favor, whether in camp or on the field of battle.

At the close of the war when, with the exception of the Western Veteran Troops, the Army of the Potomac was mustered out of service.

General Partridge with the Sixteenth Regiment, Michigan Infantry Veteran Volunteers, was assigned to the Provisional Division, army of the Tennessee, under Brevet Major General Henry A. Morrow, with orders to report to Major General Logan, at Louisville, Kentucky, where with the division, he was mustered out of service, in camp near Jeffersonville, Indiana, July 8, 1865.


Benjamin F. Partridge, Colonel, Sixteenth Regiment, Michigan Infantry, Veteran Volunteers.
Second Lieutenant, Lancers, October 12, 1861. Mustered out March 20, 1862
First Lieutenant, Sixteenth Michigan Infantry, to rank from October 12, 1861. Wounded in action at Malvern Hill, Va., July 1, 1862.
Captain, April 16, 1863. Wounded at Gettysburg, Pa., July 2, 1863
Major, June 1, 1864. Wounded at Peeble's Farm, Va., September 30, 1864, while in command of Eight-third Regiment, Pennsylvania. -- From the Red Book of Michigan.

"Major Partridge, temporarily in command of the Eighty-third Pennsylvania Volunteers, received a bullet through is neck and two other wounds while gallantly leading the Eighty-third to the attack on the enemy's works."
Lieutenant Colonel, September 30, 1864. Brevet Colonel U. S. Volunteers, September 30, 1864. (For distinguished services at the battle of Peeble's Farm, Virginia.)
Colonel, December 17, 1864. Wounded at Hatcher's Run, Virginia. February 6, 1865. Wounded at Quaker Road, Virginia, March 31, 1865.
Brevet Brigadier General, U. S. Volunteers, March 31, 1865. (For gallant conduct in the action at White Oak Road, Virginia, March 29, 1865.)

General Partridge suffered continually from wounds received in the service from the effects of which he died October 20, 1892, at his home in Portsmouth, near Bay City, Michigan. The general was deeply interested in veteran legislation and G. A. R. affairs and was a member of the committee on legislation that had in charge the erection of the Michigan monuments on the battlefield of Gettysburg. At the time of his death, General Partridge was a member of the honorable order of the Loyal Legion and the Third Brigade Association, First Division, Fifth Corps, Army of the Potomac.
-- Edward Hill, Late Liet. Col. 16th Regt. Mich. Inft'y Vet. Vol's. Brevet Colonel U. S. Vol's. May 17, 1894, Irvine, Warren county, Pa.

General Benjamin F. Partridge was born in the town of Shelby, Macomb county, Michigan, April 19, 1822. His father, Asa Partridge, removed his family thence to St. Clair county where he died in 1827, leaving four children with an invalid mother but partially provided for. The subject of this sketch was thus early left to seek and obtain from the world his own living and to assist in the maintenance of those for whom it was his highest duty to provide . At the age of fourteen years he commenced to earn enough to enable him to attend the common schools then taught in Michigan, and by the aid of a little income derived from teaching school, and various other kinds of work, he succeeded in completing an academic education at the age of twenty-two. After this, he devoted a year to the study of law and then engaged in mercantile business and real estate transactions in connection with surveying and civil engineering and was subsequently engaged in lumbering in the Saginaw valley until 1867. He was appointed sheriff of Bay county to fill a vacancy, and for several years followed surveying in the same county. In 1861 he enlisted in the First Michigan Lancers and later was transferred to the Sixteenth Michigan Infantry and served to the close of the war, and was in fifty-four engagements. He was president of the general court martial at Louisville, Ky., at the time the army was disbanded in July, 1865, and returned to Michigan with his regiment. He was in the United States revenue department for the sixth district of Michigan from 1867 to 1871, when he resigned and, resumed farming which he had commenced in 1866. He had been supervisor of his township eight years, a portion of which time he was chairman of the board. He was Commissioner of the State Land Office for the years 1877 and 1878. He was a mason and a member of the U. S. Grant Post G. A. R. A widow and four children survive him. He was buried with masonic honors.

1892 obituary. (Added Oct., 2008)

The New York Times - Wednesday, October 21, 1892


Gen. Benjamin F. Partridge, residing six miles east of Bay City, Mich., died Wednesday night in his seventy-first year. For over a year he had suffered from heart disease. Gen. Partridge had splendid military record. He served through the war with Michigan troops, retiring with the rank of Brevet Brigadier General. He was a prominent figure in the Grand Army of the Republic circles.

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Mr. Partridge was married to Olive Miranda of Hampton, New York, on September 13, 1845. He was one the early prominent pioneers of Bay City. He was active in poltics, an engineer, businessman and owned a farm.
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Bay Co.Jail
{Bay Co. Org. History}
Ross & Wentworth Mill
People Referenced
Hill, Edward (Lt. Col.)
Lee, Robt. E. Gen
Logan, Gen.
Morrow, Henry A. Gen.
Partridge, Asa
Powers, Capt.
Stockton, Col.
Subjects Referenced
1st Div., 5th Army Corps
1st MI Lancers
6th Reg., MI Inf. Vet Vols.
16th Reg., MI Inf. Vols.
83rd PA Vols.
Army of Potomac
Bay City, MI
Butterfield's 3rd Brigade
Detroit, MI
Gettysburg, PA
Hatcher's Run, VA
Irving, PA
Jefferson, IN
Louisville, KY
Loyal Legion member
Macomb County, MI
Malvern Hill, VA
Merchantile business
People's Farm, VA
Portsmouth Township, MI
Provisional Army of TN
Quaker Road, VA
Real Estate business
Red Book of MI
Russel House
School teacher
Shelby, MI
Sheriff Bay Co.
Surrender of Lee
Third Brigade Assoc.
Township supervisor
U.S. Grant GAR Post
Yorktown, VA
Warren County, PA
Western Veterans Troops
White Oak Road, VA
Wounded in action
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