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BEDEL, John, soldier, born in the Indian Stream territory, northern New Hampshire, 8 July 1822; died in Bath, New Hampshire, 26 February 1875. His father was General Moody Bedel. The son enlisted as a private in the Mexican war in 1847, and became captain in 1849. He was admitted to the bar in 1850, and practiced in Bath until 1853, when he entered the treasury department at Washington, and remained there until the beginning of the civil war. He was then appointed Lieutenant-Colonel of the 3d New Hampshire volunteers, 27 June 1862, was wounded, 10 July 1863, and captured at Fort Wagner, 18 July 1863. He was promoted colonel of that regiment, while a prisoner of war, 6 April 1864, and paroled on 9 December He was made a Brigadier-General of United States volunteers, by brevet, dating from 13 March 1865, for gallant and meritorious services, and was mustered out of service 20 July 1865. He represented the town of Bath in the legislature, and was several times the unsuccessful democratic candidate for governor.
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