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Stephanie P. Niemeyer

FOSCUE, BENJAMIN DANIEL (1833–1898). Benjamin Daniel Foscue, Texas state legislator, Civil War veteran, and businessman, was born on April 10, 1833, in Marianna, Jackson County, Florida, son of Benjamin and Elizabeth (Smith) Foscue. He moved to Jefferson, Texas, in 1849 after having lived in Alabama since the age of three. In 1853 Benjamin Foscue married Mary Lyon of Alabama.

In 1861 B. D. Foscue was elected to the Texas House of Representatives, but he resigned on December 1, 1862, to join the Seventh Texas Infantry as a private. Foscue fought in the battle of Fort Donelson where the entire regiment was captured and released. The regiment reorganized at Jackson, Mississippi. On May 12, 1863, he was severely wounded in the left lung at the battle of Raymond, Mississippi, and was taken prisoner. He escaped after six weeks and rejoined his regiment. He was present at the battles of Chickamauga and New Hope Church. Due to Foscue's ill health after his wounding at Raymond, Gen. John Bell Hood" made him a quartermaster sergeant.

B. D. Foscue moved to Sulphur Springs in 1884 and became the president of the First National Bank. He was a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Benjamin D. Foscue died in Sulphur Springs on January 28, 1898, after a lengthy illness. His body was taken by train to Jefferson where he is buried in Oakwood Cemetery.


Biographical Souvenir of the State of Texas (Chicago: Battey, 1889; rpt., Easley, South Carolina: Southern Historical Press, 1978). Family Search, "Benjamin Daniel Foscue" (, accessed September 27, 2006. Harrison County TxGenWeb: Civil War Links, "Capt. Forest's Muster Rolls" (, accessed September 27, 2006. Hopkins County Rootsweb, "Foscue, B. D., Major" (, accessed September 27, 2006.

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Uploaded on June 12, 2010. Modified on November 26, 2014. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

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