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African American Civil War Memorial

I discovered something today, which grieves me greatly. Among the names on the memorial is one that should never, ever have made it's way there. Lt. Col. Augustus Benedict. Placque # C-83

Benedict was assigned for a brief time at Fort Philip, and then Fort Jackson, Louisiana. He was at Fort Jackson for ONE DAY, when the 4th Corps d'Afrique mutinied over his cruel and harsh punishments. On that day in 1863, he had two drummer boys whipped for some minor infraction. It was the final straw. He was well known at Fort Philip for his use of the lash, pistol whipping, and in one instance hitting a soldier on the parade ground in the face with his sword-because his brass wasn't bright enough.

The man's abuses were so blatant that no officer defended him-and he was court-martialed immediately after Fort Jackson. This is not a man whose name belongs among the honored dead, yet there he is. This is a wrong that should be corrected. If you want, I can give you details-but spread the word-notify congressmen and senators, news media-whatever you choose.

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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