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BENJAMIN, Samuel Nicoll, soldier, born in New York City, 13 January 1839" died on Governor's island, New York harbor, 15 3lay, 1886. He was graduated at the United States military academy in 1861, and became a 2d lieutenant in the 2d artillery, lie served continuously throughout the civil war, was at Bull Run, Malvern Hill, and Fredericksburg, in command of a battery at Covington, in command of the reserve artillery of the 9th army corps, 14 August till 24 October 186:1, and was chief of artillery, 9th army corps, in the East Tennessee and Richmond campaigns" was at the battle of the Wilderness and also at Spottsylvania, where he was severely wounded, tie was brevetted Lieutenant-Colonel 13 3lay, 1865, and major 3 March 1875. On recovery from his wounds he became assistant professor of mathematics at the United States military academy, and from 1869 till 1875 he was at the artillery school for practice, Fort Monroe, Virginia Then, having been transferred to the staff, he was made assistant adjutant-general, and was on duty first at Washington, and later became adjutant-general of the department of Arizona. In June 1885, he was made assistant adjutant-general of the ..division of the Atlantic, and assigned to army headquarters on Governor's island. Colonel Benjamin was one of the very few officers that held the congressional medal for conspicuous bravery in the field. He married a daughter of Hamilton Fish.
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