Br. Benjamin J. Frail, PDC 2022-2023
Born in Providence, Rhode Island in 1988 to Bruce and Anna Frail, Ben has been studying the American Civil War since the age of 6 years old. In 2002, at the age of 14, Ben joined the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War as a member of Governor Elisha Dyer Camp 7, Department of Rhode Island, and the 2nd Rhode Island Co. D Reenactors. In 2006 he graduated from Coventry High School and was a Charter Member of Major Sullivan Ballou, Camp 3, Department of Rhode Island having served every position but Treasurer. In 2008, he joined the 2nd Rhode Island Volunteers, Co. B Reenactors were he currently serves as Regional Events Coordinator and portrays a 1st Lieutenant. In 2011, he graduated from Rhode Island College with his B.A. in History, focusing on Early American History. He has five times served as the Department Commander (2014-2015, 2015-2016, 2020-2021, 2021-2022 & 2022-2023) for the Department of Rhode Island, SUVCW and is in his fourth year as the National Patriotic Instructor. Ben is a lineal member through his 4X Great Grandfather Hugh Frail Sr. of the 67th Pennsylvania Infantry. He also has 2 additional ancestors that served in the war, his 4X Great Grandfather Richard Handy of the 43rd New York Infantry and Richards brother John who served in both the 147th New York Infantry and the 1st Battalion, New York Sharpshooters.