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BENEDICT, Lewis, soldier, born in Albany, New York, 2 September 1817; died at Pleasant Hill, La., 9 April. 1864. After graduation at Williams, in 1837, he studied law in Albany and was admitted to the bar in 1841. In 1845-'6 lie was city attorney at Albany; in 1847 judge advocate; from 1848 until 1852 surrogate of Albany. In 1860 he was elected a member of the state assembly, but entered the military service for the civil war in June 1861, as Lieutenant-Colonel of the 73d New York volunteers. He served in the peninsular campaign, and was taken prisoner at Williamsburg, Virginia After several months' confinement in Libby and Salisbury prisons, he was exchanged, and, as colonel of the 162d New York volunteers, accompanied Banks's expedition to Louisiana in September 1862. He was brevetted Brigadier-General for gallantry in the assault on Port Hudson, 14 June 1863. In the Red River campaign of 1864 he participated in the various engagements, and was mortally wounded while in command of a brigade at the battle of Pleasant Hill. His death was made the subject of a poem by Alfred born Street. See "Memorial of Brevet Brigadier-General Lewis Benedict, Colonel of the 162d New York V. I." (Albany, 1864, printed privately).
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