MG-375. THE BENJAMIN FRANKLIN FISHER PAPERS, 1862-1881, 1892, 1915, and undated.
Benjamin Franklin Fisher (1834-1915) enlisted in the 3rd Regiment, Pennsylvania Reserve Corps in April 1861, was commissioned first lieutenant, and transferred to the Signal Corps in 1861. He was captured on June 17, 1863, and confined at Libby Prison until February 9, 1864. Mustered out in 1866 with the rank of brevet brigadier general, Fisher subsequently practiced law in Montgomery County. He died on September 15, 1915 at the age of eighty-one. Two issues of the Philadelphia Evening Ledger refer to African Americans: September 10, 1915: a Kemble cartoon strip "GET-RICH-QUICK-WALSINGFORD NO MORE DEMONSTRATIONS FOR SHRIMP" featuring a stereotypical portrayal of African Americans, and articles including "Segregation Brings Protest," "Negro Children Assigned to Old School Building," and "Cop Beaten by Negroes-Camden Policeman in Critical Condition from Fractured Skull"; September 15, 1915, "Church Notice" for the Vincent Baptist Church, Chester Springs, Rev. Samuel Smith, pastor, and a notice of a funeral service for Malinda A. Coleman, wife of Clement Coleman, to be held in the African Methodist Episcopal Church.