BENJAMIN F[ranklin] SHARPLESS, proprietor of the Eagle Iron Works, Bloomsburg, is a native of Locust Township, this county, born in 1841, a son of Joseph and Mary E. (Foster) Sharpless. At the age of twenty years (in 1861) he enlisted in Company A, Sixth Regiment Pennsylvania Reserves, served about three years and participated in the following engagements: Dranesville, second Bull Run, South Mountain, Antietam, Fredericksburg, Gettysburg, Bristoe’s Station, New Hope Church and the battles of the Wilderness. At Antietam he was wounded by a bullet, the force of which, however, was spent by striking his belt and accoutrements, otherwise it would have passed through his body. He was mustered out June 13, 1864, returned to Bloomsburg, and six months after began learning the trade of an iron molder. That was in January, 1865, and in April 1868, he formed a partnership with Mr. Harman, under the firm name of Sharpless & Harman, and bought the foundry of Joseph Sharpless, Three years afterward the partnership was dissolved, and our subject has conducted the business alone up to the present time. Mr. Sharpless was married, in 1866, to Sophia Hartman, a daughter of Charles Hartman. Mr. and Mrs. Sharpless have four children: Joseph L., Charles H., Ray F. and Arthur W. Mr. Sharpless is a member of the Methodist Church, and in politics is a Republican.
See also his sister, Hattie Sharpless, Army Nurse, Pennsylvania Reserves.
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