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army officer

Benjamin Huger, American army officer. member ordinace board Department of War, 1839-1846, sent abroad to study European military methods, 1840.

Background

Huger, Benjamin was born on November 22, 1805 in Carleston, South Carolina, United States. Son of Francis Kinlock and Harriott (Pickney) Huger.

Education

Graduated from the United States Military Academy, 1825.

Career

Commissioned Second lieutenant artillery, United States Army, 1825, captain of ordnance, 1832, commanded arsenals at Fortress Monroe, Pikesville, Maryland. and Charleston, South Carolina., armory at Harpers Ferry. Member ordinace board Department of War, 1839-1846, sent abroad to study European military methods, 1840. Chief of ordnance United States Army under General Scott, in charge of seige of trains at Vera Cruz during Mexican War, 1846.

Brevetted major, lieutenant colonel, colonel. Commissioned colonel artillery Confederate Army, 1861. Commissioned brigadier general Provisional Army of Confederate States, 1861, commanded troops from South Carolina. at Norfolk, later all troops and defenses around Norfolk, 1861.

Relieved of command after Battle of Malvern Hill (under charge of failing to cut off McClellan’s retreat after Cnfederate victory), 1862. Became an inspector artillery and ordnance, 1862.

Membership

Member ordinace board Department of War, 1839-1846, sent abroad to study European military methods, 1840.

Connections

Married Elizabeth Pickney, February 17, 1831, 5 children.

father:
Francis Kinlock Huger

mother:
Harriott (Pickney) Huger

spouse:
Elizabeth Pickney