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Benjamin Huger

Date of Birth:      November 22, 1805
Hometown:         Charleston, SC
Education:           West Point, 1825
Final Wartime Rank:    Major General
Final Peacetime Rank:  N/A

Date of Death:     December 7, 1877
Place of Death:    Charleston, SC
Buried At:           Baltimore, MD

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.

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