Date of Birth: November 22, 1805
Hometown: Charleston, SC
Final Wartime Rank: Major General
Final Peacetime Rank: N/A
Date of Death: December 7, 1877
Place of Death: Charleston, SC
Major Battles: Peninsula
Campaign, Seven Days
Interesting Fact(s): Huger, a graduate of West Point,
class of 1825, would have a distinguished career, in the U.S. Army before
many of the younger, Civil War officers, were born. He would command
several arsenals and would be Winfield Scott's chief of ordinance, during
the Mexican War, for which he would be brevetted, three times. Shortly
after the firing, on Fort Sumter, Huger would resign his U.S. Army
commission, and be appointed brigadier general, in the Confederate Army.
On October 7, 1861 he would be promoted to major general. Huger, while
not a field commander, was a strong organizer, and good at staff work.
After constructing the defenses, around Norfolk, he, believing they were too
weak, would set fire to the CSS Merrimac, and abandon the city.
Commanding a division, during the Peninsula Campaign, and the Seven Days, he
would accomplish little, and would end up being censured. He would be
removed, from field command, and would become inspector of artillery, and
ordnance, a position he was much better suited for, and one he would hold
through the rest of the war.