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BONHAM, Milledge L., soldier, born in South Carolina, 6 May 1815. He was graduated at the University of South Carolina in 1834, admitted to the bar at Columbia in 1837, and settled and began practice in Edgefield. In the Mexican war he commanded a battalion of South Carolina volunteers. From 1848 till 1850 he was state solicitor for the southern circuit, in 1856 elected to congress as a state-rights democrat, and in 1858 reelected. On 21 December 1860, he left congress with the other members of the South Carolina delegation. He was a commissioner from South Carolina to Mississippi, and detailed as Major-General to command the South Carolina troops. He entered the confederate army with the rank of Brigadier-General, and commanded a brigade at the battles of Blackburn's Ford and Bull Run. He was then elected a representative from South Carolina in the confederate congress, and served until he was elected governor of that state for the term 1862-'4. In 1864 he returned to the confederate army, and served until the close of the war. He was a delegate to the national democratic convention held in New York in 1868.
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