General Benning

General Benning (HMVN6)

Location: Columbus, GA 31901 Muscogee County
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N 32° 28.39', W 84° 59.58'

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Opposite this marker stood the home of Henry Lewis Benning (1814-1875), the Confederate Brigadier General for whom Fort Benning was named. He was married in 1839 to Mary Howard Jones, daughter of Colonel and Mrs. Seaborn Jones.

General Benning was Justice of the Supreme Court of Georgia, member of the Georgia convention adopting the Ordinances of Secession, and Commissioner to the Virginia Convention, January 1861, to advocate Secession.

He entered the Confederate Army, in August 1861, as colonel of the Seventeenth Ga. Regiment. As Brigadier General, he was often in command of Hood's famed Division of the First Corps. Participated with gallantry in the battles of Malvern Hill, Second Manassas, Sharpsburg, Fredericksburg, Chickamauga, The Wilderness, Thoroughfare Gap, Knoxville, Petersburg, and others.

General Benning was distinguished for coolness and bravery and was called "Old Rock" by his troops. He was wounded severely in the second-day fighting in the Wilderness. At Appomattox he still commanded the Georgia Brigade. After the war, he returned to Columbus to practice law.
HM NumberHMVN6
Series This marker is part of the Georgia: Georgia Historical Society/Commission series
Marker Number106-8
Year Placed1953
Placed ByGeorgia Historical Commission
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Friday, October 10th, 2014 at 3:40am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 688608 N 3594658
Decimal Degrees32.47316667, -84.99300000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 32° 28.39', W 84° 59.58'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds32° 28' 23.40" N, 84° 59' 34.80" W
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Area Code(s)706
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 15-79 14th St, Columbus GA 31901, US
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