Benjamin Franklin Turpin was a member of an Indiana Pioneer family that goes back to the Jamestown Colony in the Virginia Tidewater. The Turpinís mingled and intermarried with the likes of the Jefferson, Madison, Monroe, Branch, and Randolph families of Virginia.  The Turpinís were among the first pioneers to start the westward movement with Daniel Boone into Kentucky and finally settling in SW Indiana. The Turpinís were mainly farmers and harden abolitionist Wigs.   Franklin was among the first Republicans in Gibson County supporting the election of Abraham Lincoln in 1860.   In early 1861 Ben Franklin Turpin joined Co. F of the 33rd Indiana Vol. Infantry and served throughout the Civil War.  He was captured at Thompsonís Station, Tenn. March 1863 along with most of the 33rd IndianaFranklin was paroled and later exchanged from Libby Prison, Richmond, VA May17, 1863.  After a short furlough Ben Franklin Turpin rejoined Company F 33rd Indiana Vol. Infantry and participated in several battles and skirmishes in Tenn. leading up to the Battle of Lookout Mt.  Following the battle of Lookout Mt., the 33rd Ind. participated in the campaign in North Georgia and the battle of AtlantaFollowing Atlanta, the 33rd Ind. along with the other Regiments of Coburnís Brigade participated in Shermanís March to the Sea, the capture of Savannah, GA and subsequent march through the Carolinas to Virginia that ended of the Civil War.  Ben Franklin Turpin was discharged August 6, 1865 and returned to his home in Gibson County.  Through four yeas of war Ben Franklin Turpin suffered many hardships, including three times wounded in combat, captured twice by Confederate forces, imprisoned and exchanged, while suffering from many of the diseases that plagued soldiers of the Civil War. I am fortunate to have a photo of my great grand father taken at a reunion with comrades of the 33rd Ind. circa 1920.    


Contributed 24 Feb 2011 by:  Dewayne W.Cargill, 1Sgt. USMC Ret.


Note:  A longer biography can be found on pp. 530-533 of Stormont's History of Gibson County.