Benjamin Hardin Helm, I (1831 - 1863)

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Birthplace: the residence of his maternal grandfather Ben Hardin, Bardstown, KY
Death: Died in Chickamauga, GA
Cause of death: mortal wound at Chickamauga
Occupation: lawyer, Confederate soldier, Assistant Inspector General of the State Guard
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Benjamin Hardin Helm (June 2, 1831 – September 21, 1863 was a Kentucky politician, attorney, Confederate brigadier general, and a brother-in-law of Abraham Lincoln. He was also the son of Kentucky Governor John L. Helm. He was mortally wounded at the Battle of Chickamauga on September 20, 1863. He died on the battlefield the following day, with his last word being "Victory." Following his death, Abraham Lincoln and Mary Todd Lincoln went into private mourning at the White House. Mary Todd Lincoln's niece recalled: "She knew that a single tear shed for a dead enemy would bring torrents of scorn and bitter abuse on both her husband and herself." Benjamin Hardin Helm's wife, Emilie Todd Helm (half sister of Mary Todd Linclon), was granted safe passage to the White House in December 1863.

Benjamin Hardin Helm was born in Bardstown, Kentucky, to John L. Helm and Lucinda Barbour Hardin on June 2, 1831. He graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1851, 9th in his class of 42 cadets. He was appointed a brevet second lieutenant in the 2nd U.S. Dragoons, but resigned his commission the following year, after serving at a cavalry school at Carlisle, Pennsylvania, and at Fort Lincoln, Texas.

Following the resignation of his commission, Helm studied law, was elected a Kentucky state legislator for one term, and became the state's attorney for the 3rd district of Kentucky.

In 1856, Helm married Emilie Todd, the half-sister of Mary Todd Lincoln. Helm was a cousin-in-law of U.S. General and Congressman John Blair Smith Todd.

As Kentucky's status in the American Civil War remained neutral in 1861, Helm was offered the job of Union Army paymaster by his brother-in-law, President Abraham Lincoln. He declined the job, instead returning to Kentucky to raise the 1st Kentucky Cavalry for the Confederate States of America.

Helm was commissioned a colonel on October 19, 1861, and served under Brig. Gen. Simon B. Buckner in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Helm's group was then ordered south. He was promoted to brigadier general on March 14, 1862, and was given command of the 1st Kentucky "Orphan" Brigade several months later. Helm maintained command of the Orphan Brigade through the Battle of Baton Rouge and with the brigade joined the Army of Tennessee, where he was with Maj. Gen. John C. Breckinridge throughout the Tullahoma and Chickamauga Campaigns in 1863, when he was mortally wounded at the Battle of Chickamauga on September 20, 1863. He died on the battlefield the following day, with his last word being "Victory." Following his death, Abraham Lincoln and Mary Todd Lincoln went into private mourning at the White House, her niece recalling: "She knew that a single tear shed for a dead enemy would bring torrents of scorn and bitter abuse on both her husband and herself." Emilie Todd Helm was granted safe passage to the White House in December 1863.

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Brig Gen Benjamin Hardin Helm (CSA)'s Timeline

1831
June 2, 1831
Bardstown, KY
1846
1846
Age 14
Kentucky Military Institute
1847
July 1, 1847
Age 16
U.S. Military Academy at West Point
1851
1851
Age 19
Carlisle, Pennsylvania
1856
March 20, 1856
Age 24
Frankfort, KY
1857
1857
Age 25
1857
Age 25
1858
1858
Age 26
1859
1859
Age 27
1861
1861
Age 29
KY