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 Benjamin Jeffrey Sweet

Benjamin Jeffrey Sweet

Birth
Kirkland, Oneida County, New York, USA
Death 1 Jan 1874 (aged 41)
Washington, District of Columbia, District Of Columbia, USA
Burial Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA
Plot Section F, Lot 352
Memorial ID 7382985 · View Source
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Civil War Union Brevet Brigadier General. He served in the Civil War first as Lieutenant Colonel of the 6th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry (which was part of the famed Iron Brigade), then as Colonel and commander of the 21st Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry, which he helped raise. At the October 8, 1862 Battle of Perryville, Kentucky, he rose from an ambulance, sick from malaria, and led his unit until he was severely wounded. Upon his recovery he was made Colonel and commander of the 8th Veterans Reserve Corps, and was appointed as commander of the Camp Douglas Military Prison in Chicago, Illinois. While commander, he oversaw the internment of over 10,000 Confederate prisoners. His tenure in command was marked by a zealous pursuit of punitive measures that were endorsed by higher Union authorities - measures resulted in the deaths of over 5,000 rebel prisoners. He was brevetted Brigadier General, US Volunteers on December 20, 1864. After the war he served as Deputy United States Commissioner of Internal Revenue from 1872 to until his death in Washington DC in 1874.

Bio by: Russ Dodge


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  • Originally Created by: Russ Dodge
  • Added: 24 Apr 2003
  • Find A Grave Memorial 7382985
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Benjamin Jeffrey Sweet (24 Apr 1832–1 Jan 1874), Find A Grave Memorial no. 7382985, citing Rosehill Cemetery and Mausoleum, Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .