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Re: African American Civil War Memorial
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To answer some of your questions. I have been searching for more information on Benedict, myself-without a lot of luck. I will post those as I find them. As for why he's there-it's probably one of those bureaucratic glitches-it says Corps d'Afrique-ie-his name got on.
Synopsis of events. On December 8th, 1863, Benedict was transferred from Ft. Philip to Ft. Jackson (They were across the river from each other-very close.)Some of the members of the 4th Corps were also transferred, and knew of/had suffered from his heavy handed punishments there. On the first day he was at Jackson, he had two drummer boys whipped for minor infractions (exact nature unknown)and members of the Corps became very agitated, shooting off some guns in the air, etc. The whole thing was quieted down within half an hour-but the gunfire had alerted gunboats in the area, and rumors flew.
The official records are incomplete, and I have many details to fill in-but this poor excuse for a human being does not belong on the monument. More on him later.
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