Columbus in Muscogee County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
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.
Erected 1953 by Georgia Historical Commission. (Marker Number 106-8.)
Marker series. This marker is included in Georgia Historical Society/Commission marker series.
Location. 32° 28.39′ N, 84° 59.58′ W. Marker is in Columbus, Georgia, in Muscogee County. Marker is on TSYS Way 0 miles from 14th Street. Touch for map. The marker stands on the campus of TSYS. Marker is at or near this postal address: One TSYS Way, Columbus GA 31901, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Battle of Columbus (within shouting distance of this marker); George Parker Swift I (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Haiman's Sword Factory (about 500 feet away); Civil War Women’s Riot (about 600 feet away); Philip Thomas Schley (approx. 0.2 miles away); Birthplace of Robert Winship Woodruff (approx. 0.2 miles away); Ernest Woodruff / Robert Winship Woodruff (approx. 0.2 miles away); High Uptown Historic District / Garrett-Bullock-Delay House (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Columbus.
More about this marker. The marker originally stood on the east side of Broadway above 14th Street. It is still in the same location, but the TSYS headquarters and campus stands on what had been Broadway at this point; the street no longer exists
Categories. • War, US Civil •
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