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First Name: Benjamin

Last Name: Hodgson

Birthplace: Philadelphia, PA, USA

Gender: Male

Branch: Army (1784 - present)

Middle Name: Hubert

Date of Birth: 30 June 1848

Date of Death: 25 June 1876

Rank: Second Lieutenant

Years Served:
Benjamin Hubert Hodgson

•  Indian Wars (1775 - 1924) intermittent


Benjamin Hubert Hodgson
Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army

Benjamin Hubert Hodgson was born on 30 June 1848 in Philadelphia, PA.

Hodgson was a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy, Class of 1870. He served as a Second Lieutenant in Company B of the 7th U.S. Cavalry under famed cavalry officer Lieutenant Colonel George A. Custer.

He was acting as Adjutant to the portion of the regiment under command of Major Marcus Reno at the Battle of Little Big Horn, and was killed while crossing a ford. A popular officer, his body was recovered while under fire (Sergeant Benjamin C. Criswell of Company B was awarded a Medal of Honor for this feat).

He was first buried on the battlefield, but was removed to Philadelphia by his family. His watch (determined from its inscription) was found in Sitting Bull's campsite and was given to General William P. Carlin, who returned it to the family.

Death and Burial

Second Lieutenant Benjamin Hubert Hodgson was killed in action on 25 June 1876 at Little Big Horn, MT. He is buried at Laurel Hill Cemetery in Philadelphia, PA.

Honoree ID: 2640   Created by: MHOH




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