About Frank Huger
Huger, a son of Gen Benjamin Huger, served as a Confederate artillerist in the American Civil War.
Francis (Frank) Kinloch Huger, a son of Benjamin Huger and Elizabeth Celestine Pinckney, was born in Norfolk, Virginia in 1837. Like his father, Frank Huger attended the United States Military Academy at West Point. He graduated from west Point in 1860 and was assigned to the 10th U. S. Infantry as a lieutenant. Huger resigned his commission on May 21, 1861 to embrace the Confederate cause.
Civil War Service
Frank Huger entered the Confederate service, as did his father. Capt Huger led the Norfolk Light Artillery. The battery was attached to the brigade of BG Ambrose R. Wright in the elder Huger’s division in the Seven Days Battles. At the Second Battle of Bull Run and the Battle of Fredericksburg his battery was attached to the division of MG Richard H. Anderson. (He was absent from the Battle of Antietam, when it was led by Lt C. R. Phelps.) Huger’s guns were involved, together with the brigade of BG Cadmus Wilcox, in the Battle of Salem Church.
Huger became a major on March 2, 1863. At first, he was second in command of a battalion of artillery led by Col Edward Porter Alexander. Alexander welcomed Huger, describing him later as "my glorious & beloved Frank Huger, who never shirked a care or danger or grumbled over a hardship in his life..." In that capacity, Major Huger served in the Battle of Chancellorsville, including bombarding federal lines from high ground at Hazel Grove on May 3, 1863. Huger was sent on May 4 to support the division of MG Richard H. Anderson in the Battle of Salem Church. His guns were among those that fired the last shots of the battle the next day, as the Union VI Corps retreated across the Rappahannock River. At the Battle of Gettysburg, Huger was involved in supporting the attack of Ltg James Longstreet's corps on the federal left on July 2. On July 3, taking immediate command of the guns when his superior was assigned responsibility for the bombardment preceding Pickett's Charge.
Huger went West with the corps of LTG James Longstreet, but he arrived too later for the Battle of Chickamauga. When Longstreet moved into eastern Tennessee to evict federal forces, Alexander served as his chief of artillery. Huger consequently commanded Alexander’s battalion in the Knoxville Campaign. He rose to the rank of lieutenant colonel shortly thereafter, being promoted on February 27, 1864.
When Alexander became the chief of corps artillery in late 1863, Huger took over command of the battalion. Huger's battalion served in the Overland Campaign and the Siege of Petersburg. In Alexander’s absence, he was temporarily in charge of the artillery of the Confederate I Corps posted near Elliott's Salient at the time of the Battle of the Crater. At the height of the Union attack on July 30, 1864, following the explosion of the mine under the Salient, Huger was seen helping work a gun along with members of Alexander's staff. Huger was promoted to the rank of colonel on February 18, 1865. He was captured during the Battle of Sayler's Creek by Union cavalry led by former classmate BG George A. Custer. Huger was treated by Custer more like a guest than a prisoner.
After the war, Frank Huger became involved in railroads. He died in 1897.