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H. Benning

H. Benning

Confederate (CSA)


Henry Lewis Benning

"Old Rock"

(1814 - 1875)

Home State: Georgia

Education: Franklin College (now University of Georgia), Class of 1834

Command Billet: Brigade Commander

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: Toombs' Brigade


see his Battle Report

Before Sharpsburg

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.

On the Campaign

He commanded Toombs' Brigade in Jones Division of Longstreet's Command at Sharpsburg.

The rest of the War

He continued in command of the Brigade at Fredericksburg, and in March 1863 was appointed Brigadier General 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 & notes

The US Army's Fort Benning is named for him.


4/2/1814; Columbia County, GA


7/9/1875; Columbus, GA; burial in Linwood Cemetery, Columbus, GA