Private Benjamin F. Shepard was born was born in Florida ca. 1837. He married Susan Ann (née McDougal) on October 13th, 1859 at Gadsden County Florida.
In 1860 he and Susan were living in the Pickett’s District near Bristol, Gadsden County, Florida. Benjamin worked as an overseer.
He enlisted on May 3rd, 1862 at Quincy, Gadsden County, Florida in Captain Davidson’s Company. He was absent sick when the company left the state, but rejoined it by June 30th, 1862. He was present with the company from that date until November 29th, 1863; during that period, he was detailed to the city police at Knoxville, Tennessee on April 14th, 1863, but returned to the company by April 30th.
He was sent to the hospital by the Surgeon on November 29th, 1863. He was reported present with the company in January, 1864. During the retreat following the Battle of Nashville (December 15-16th, 1864), his throat and lungs were so affected by the cold that he was unable to speak for three months; he was hospitalized at Meridian, Mississippi on January 20th, 1865.
He never rejoined his company; he surrendered himself at Tallahassee on May 10th, 1865 and was paroled six days later upon taking the Oath of Allegiance. His physical description was documented as being 5’ 10” tall with dark hair and blue eyes.
Benjamin applied for and was awarded a Florida Confederate Pension.
He died on August 21st, 1904 at Gadsden County Florida, and is interred at Providence Baptist Church Cemetery, Quincy, Gadsden County, Florida.
 Eighth Census of the United States, 1860 (Roll 0108 (Florida, Gadsden County, Picketts District, Post Office Bristol, Florida) lists “Susan” as “Sarah Ann”.
 While there is no documentation currently available, it is possible that he was wounded at Missionary Ridge on November 25th, 1863 and was unable to obtain medical treatment until the 29th.