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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1851

Vol. II

(Born Ky.)

Ben Hardin Helm

(Ap'd Ky.)


Benjamin Hardin Helm: Born June 2, 1831, Bardstown, KY.

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, July 1, 1847, to July 1, 1851, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Bvt. Second Lieut., 2d Dragoons, July 1, 1851.

Served: at the Cavalry School for Practice, Carlisle, Pa., 1851‑52;

(Second Lieut., 2d Dragoons, Mar. 31, 1852)

and on frontier duty at Ft. Lincoln, Tex., 1852.

Resigned, Oct. 9, 1852.

Civil History. — Counselor at Law, Elizabethtown, Ky., 1854‑58, — and at Louisville, Ky., 1858‑61. Member of the House of Representatives of the State of Kentucky, 1855‑56. Commonwealth Attorney for the 3d District of Kentucky, 1856‑58.

Joined in the Rebellion of 1861‑66 against the United States,​a and

Died, Sep. 21, 1863, of Wounds Received at Chickamauga, Ga.: Aged 33.

Buried, Helm Family Cemetery, Elizabethtown, KY.

Thayer's Note:

a As with other Confederate officers, Cullum's Register omits his war record: his career as a general officer and his marriage to Abraham Lincoln's sister-in‑law are well told in the Find-a‑Grave page linked above; complementary details are given in the same site's page for his first burial-place.

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