Thursday, April 4, 2013
Several US military installations are named after Confederate Generals, Fort Hood TX., Fort Polk LA., Fort Bragg NC, Fort Rucker AL., Fort A.P. Hill VA., Fort Pickett VA. and Fort Lee VA. etc., but the largest infantry training station in the world is named after General Henry Lewis Benning.
In 1861, he was Colonel of 17th Georgia fighting in Seven Days and Second Manassas. He commanded Toombs' brigade at Sharpsburg and Fredericksburg. In March 1863, he was promoted to Brig. Gen. (in Hood's division) fighting in Gettysburg, Chickamauga and Knoxville. While commanding in Field's division, he fought in the Wilderness campaign where he was wounded.
Benning was born April 2, 1814 in Columbia Co. Georgia. He died July 10, 1875 in Columbus, Georgia. Before the war, General Benning was a lawyer and judge. After the war, he returned to his legal profession.