Historic Markers Across Georgia

Brigadier General Henry Lewis Benning

Marker ID: HCC 
Location: Within Linwood Cemetery, Columbus, Georgia
County: Muscogee
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: None


Brigadier General Henry Lewis Benning

Born in Columbia County, Georgia, on April 2, 1814, Henry L. Benning attended Franklin College prior to practicing law in Columbus. As a local attorney and state Supreme Court Judge, Benning played an active role in Georgia's secession in 1861. Entering the Civil War as Colonel of the 17th Georgia Infantry Regiment, he eventually became a brigadier general. He was wounded at the Battle of the Wilderness but continued his leadership of "Benning's Brigade" until the surrender at Appomattox. After the war, Benning returned to Columbus and resumed his law practice. He died on July 10, 1875. Fort Benning is named in his honor.

Erected by the Historic Chattahoochee Commission
and Lizzie Rutherford Chapter 60,
United Daughters of the Confederacy 2012


Marker Dedication Date: March 31, 2012