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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1825

Vol. I

(Born S. C.)

Benjamin Huger​1

(Ap'd S. C.)


Born Nov. 22, 1805, Charleston, SC.

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, July 1, 1821, to July 1, 1825, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

 p344  Bvt. Second Lieut., 3d Artillery, July 1, 1825.

Second Lieut., 3d Artillery, July 1, 1825.

Served on Topographical duty, July 22 to Jan. 1, 1828; on leave of absence in Europe, 1828‑30; on Recruiting service, 1830; in garrison at Ft. Trumbull, Ct., 1830; on Ordnance duty, Mar. 31, 1831, to May 30,

(Captain, Ordnance, May 30, 1832)

1832; in command of Ft. Monroe Arsenal, Va., 1832‑39; as Member of the Ordnance Board, Apr. 16, 1839, to Oct. 8, 1846, — and of a Military Commission on professional duty in Europe, 1840‑41; in command of Ft. Monroe Arsenal, Va., 1841‑46; as Chief of Ordnance of the Army, under command of Major-General Scott, in the War with Mexico, 1847‑48, having charge of the Siege Train in the Siege of Vera Cruz, Mar. 9‑29, 1847, — Battle of Cerro Gordo, Apr. 17‑18, 1847, — Battle of Molino

(Bvt. Major, Mar. 29, 1847,
for Gallant and Meritorious Conduct at the Siege of Vera Cruz, Mex.)

del Rey, Sep. 8, 1847, — and Operations before and Capture of the City

(Bvt. Lieut.‑Col., Sep. 8, 1847,
for Gallant and Meritorious Conduct in the Battle of Molino del Rey, Mex.)

of Mexico, Sep. 13‑14, 1847;​2 in command of Ft. Monroe Arsenal, Va.,

(Bvt. Colonel, Sep. 13, 1847,
for Gallant and Meritorious Conduct in the Battle of Chapultepec, Mex.)

1848‑51; as Member of a Board, 1849‑51, to devise "A Complete System of Instruction for Siege, Garrison, Seacoast, and Mountain Artillery," adopted May 10, 1851, for the service of the United States; in command of Harper's Ferry Armory, Va., 1851‑54, — of Pikesville Arsenal, Md., 1854‑60, — of Charleston Arsenal, S. C., 1860, — and of

(Major, Ordnance, Feb. 15, 1855)

Pikesville Arsenal, Md., 1860‑61.

Resigned, Apr. 22, 1861.

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

Civil History. — Farmer, Fauquier County, Va., 1866‑77.

Died, Dec. 7, 1877, at Charleston, S. C.: Aged 72.

Buried, Green Mount Cemetery, Baltimore, MD.

The Author's Notes:

1 Was the son of Colonel Francis K. Huger, Aide-de‑Camp to General Wilkinson, 1800, and Adjutant-General, 1813.

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2 For his "Meritorious Conduct and Gallantry" in the War with Mexico, he was presented, in 1852, by his native State, South Carolina, with a Sword of Honor.

Thayer's Note:

a As with other Confederate officers, Cullum's Register omits his war record: he was a prominent if not always success­ful general. The lacuna is summarily filled in on several websites, e.g., at Genealogy Trails; the information in them usually seems to be traceable to Appleton's Cyclopedia. He and his troops are mentioned over a hundred times in Freeman's R. E. Lee (q.v.).

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