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H. Benning
H. Benning

Confederate (CSA)


Henry Lewis Benning

"Old Rock"
(1814 - 1875)
Home State: Georgia
Command Billet: Brigade Commander
Branch of Service: Infantry
Unit: Toombs' Brigade

see his Battle Report


Before the Antietam Campaign:
He was a lawyer, judge, and politician. In August 1861 he was commissioned Colonel of the 17th Georgia Infantry, which he led at Seven Days and Second Manassas.

In the Antietam Campaign:
He commanded Toombs' Brigade in Jones Division of Longstreet's Command at Sharpsburg.

The remainder of the War:
He continued in command of the Brigade at Fredericksburg, and in March 1863 was appointed BGen. He then commanded Benning's Brigade/Hood's Division at Gettysburg, Chickamauga, and Knoxville, and led the Brigade, then in Field's Division, in the Wilderness (wounded), at Petersburg, and to Appomattox.

After the War:
He continued in his law practice, in Columbus, GA.

References, Sources, and other notes:
The US Army's Fort Benning is named for him.

Birth Date: 4/2/1814    Place of Birth: Columbia County, GA    
College: Franklin College (now University of Georgia)    Graduating Year: 1834    
Death Date: 7/9/1875    Death Place: Columbus, GA    Burial Place: Linwood Cemetery, Columbus, GA

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