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General John Bedel

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JOHN BEDEL, son of Gen. MOODY BEDEL, was born in Indian Stream territory, July 8, 1822. His younger years were spent in Bath, where he received his education at the public schools and at the seminar in Newbury Vt. He began the study of law in Hon. Harry Hibbard's office. In 1847 he enlisted as a private in the Mexican war. He was appointed sergeant and later a lieutenant. He was admitted to the bar in 1850, and went into partnership with Mr. Hibbard (lasting 3 years). Mr. Bedel received an appointment in the Treasury Department at Washington, with his duties including the adjusting of claims, holding this office for 8 years, serving under both Pierce and Buchanan. In 1861 upon the breaking out of the Rebellion, he was appointed major of the 3d Regiment of NH volunteers. In June 1862 he was commissioned Lieut. Colonel. April 1864, while a prisoner, he was commissioned colonel. He received a wound at Morris Island in June 1863. On July 18, 1863 during the assault of Fort Wagner, he was captured on the ramparts and was sent to Columbia, South Carolina for confinement, being placed in solitary confinement until parole in August 1864. In 1864 appointed Brigadier-General U.S. Vols by Brevet, for gallant and meritorious conduct. Returned to Bath at the close of the war and engaged extensively in the manufacture of starch. Rep Bath in the legislatures in 1868-69 and was Democratic candidate for governor in 1869 and again in 1870. In Dec 1853, Gen. Bedel married Mary Augusta, daughter of the late Hon. Jesse Bourns, of Nashua, by whom he had seven children, only three of whom survive him. Gen. Bedel died Feb 26, 1875.

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