{⋆★⋆} MG Huger, Benjamin

Benjamin Huger

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Born:
November 22, 1805

Birthplace: Charleston, South Carolina

Father: Francis Kinloch Huger 1773 – 1855
(Buried: Magnolia Cemetery, Charleston, South Carolina)​

Mother: Harriet Lucas Pinckney 1783 – 1824
(Buried: French Protestant Huguenot, Charleston, South Carolina)​

Wife: Elizabeth Celestine Pinckney 1805 – 1882
(Buried: Green Mount Cemetery, Baltimore, Maryland)​

Children:

Major Benjamin Huger Jr. 1831 – 1867​
(Buried: Green Mount Cemetery, Baltimore, Maryland)​
Colonel Francis Kinloch “Frank” Huger 1837 – 1897​
(Buried: Spring Hill Cemetery, Lynchburg, Virginia)​
Caroline Pinckney Huger Preston 1843 – 1878​
(Buried: Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, Columbia, South Carolina)​
Education:
1825: Graduated from West Point Military Academy (8th​ in class)​

Occupation:
1825 – 1861: Served in United States Army rising to Brevet Colonel​
1839 – 1846: Member of United States Army Ordnance Board​
1840 – 1841: Official Military duty in Europe​
1841 – 1846: Commander of Fort Monroe Arsenal​
1846 – 1848: Chief of Ordnance on the staff of Maj. Gen. Winfield Scott during the Mexican–American War​
1856: United States Army Observer during Crimean War​
1860 – 1861: Commander of Charleston Arsenal​
1861: Resigned from United States Army on April 22nd​

Civil War Career:
1861: Lt. Colonel of Confederate Army Infantry​
1861: Brigadier General of Confederate Army Infantry​
1861 – 1865: Major General of Confederate Army Infantry​
1862: Participated in the Peninsula Campaign​
1862: Participated in the Seven Days Campaign​
1862: Inspector General of Artillery and Ordnance Northern Virginia​
1862 – 1865: Inspector of Artillery and Ordnance Trans – Mississippi​

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Occupation after War:

Farmer in North Carolina and in Fauquier County, Virginia​
Member of Aztec Club of 1847​
1852 – 1867: Vice President of Aztec Club of 1847​

Died: December 7, 1877

Place of Death: Charleston, South Carolina

Cause of Death: Paralysis

Age at time of Death: 72 years old

Burial Place: Green Mount Cemetery, Baltimore, Maryland
 
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He must have had some sort of active ageing gene. That picture of Him in uniform is of a man less than 60 years old yet He looks 70ish. A biography of him states..."that Confederate withdrawal from the Yorktown lines compelled him to abandon the port city (Norfolk?) and resulted in the scuttling of the Virginia". I assume "port city" refers to Norfolk as that was Huger's assigned command.
 

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He must have had some sort of active ageing gene. That picture of Him in uniform is of a man less than 60 years old yet He looks 70ish. A biography of him states..."that Confederate withdrawal from the Yorktown lines compelled him to abandon the port city (Norfolk?) and resulted in the scuttling of the Virginia". I assume "port city" refers to Norfolk as that was Huger's assigned command.

People aged faster back then most led hard lives. They didn't have none of the medicines we have today so someone who might be 25 might look 40. A great example is how fast that John Bell Hood aged.
 

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He must have had some sort of active ageing gene. That picture of Him in uniform is of a man less than 60 years old yet He looks 70ish. A biography of him states..."that Confederate withdrawal from the Yorktown lines compelled him to abandon the port city (Norfolk?) and resulted in the scuttling of the Virginia". I assume "port city" refers to Norfolk as that was Huger's assigned command.

You was considered a grown man at a much earlier age as well. Where today the average 21 yr old is in college most are back then he would be a grown man and most had wives and families by 21.
 

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He fell victim to Lee's weeding out process due to his poor performance during the Seven Days. Campaign. That's how He wound up West of the Mississippi as a Artillery Inspector.

Yeah I knew Lee had him relieved in the East I think Lee also relieved General Theophilus Holmes as well. What you have to remember is both of these General's were older then Lee who was born in 1807 This was a young man's war even with commanders in some regards.
 
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Yeah I knew Lee had him relieved in the East I think Lee also relieved General Theophilus Holmes as well. What you have to remember is both of these General's were older then Lee who was born in 1807 This was a young man's war even with commanders in some regards.
I agree it was a young man's war but Lee was no spring chicken himself.
 

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I agree it was a young man's war but Lee was no spring chicken himself.
Oh I know being born in 1807 he was one of the oldest commanders in the Confederate Army theres a few others maybe not full Generals but a few older gentlemen who served in a command capacity.
 

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I know a descendant of the Huger family. A doctor. While waiting outside the office. She came out and ask me what I was reading. I said a book on the Civil War. Told her my ancestor was an officer in the Union Army. She says " My father told me to never trust a yankee".I'm thinking "help me god." Lol.
 

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I know a descendant of the Huger family. A doctor. While waiting outside the office. She came out and ask me what I was reading. I said a book on the Civil War. Told her my ancestor was an officer in the Union Army. She says " My father told me to never trust a yankee".I'm thinking "help me god." Lol.

I knew someone I use to work with who was kin to General Whitaker but she said we we never claim him because he fought for the Union we claim our confederate ancestors.
 
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I prepared a profile on Hood not sure when it will be released but you will see how he aged from the start of the war all the way up to when he died with Yellow Fever.
Hood had a whirlwind of things in His life that all occurred in just a few short years. The wounding, the amputation, that affair with Miss Preston, Franklin, Nashville etc. I'd age too!
 

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As a side note, his French Huguenot surname is pronounced You-gee. He was at the time of the Peninsula Campaign considered too old for field command, especially after his lackadaisical moves failed to achieve Lee's intended results of cutting off or trapping part of McClellan's retreating army prior to the battle of Malvern Hill.
 
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