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Henry L. Benning Civil War Materials Now Available Online

A collection of Henry L. Benning Civil War materials, owned by Columbus State University Archives, is now available online. The effort to digitize the 135 records was funded by the Digital Library of Georgia’s Competitive Digitization grant program, a funding opportunity intended to broaden DLG partner participation for statewide historic digitization projects.

“General Benning is certainly an important figure in Georgia’s history, who resonates nationally because of his role in the Civil War,” said David Ownings, head of CSU archives. “This material will attract broad national interest from scholars as well as those with a casual interest in the Civil War. We are excited that the Digital Library of Georgia has helped us increase access to our collections by making General Benning’s involvement in this important period of our history available online. We will continue working with DLG to include access to the records on our own CSU Digital archives website. In the future, we also hope to make other collections available online as well.”

Henry L. Benning, who lived in Columbus for many years, served in 21 Civil War engagements  including Antietam, Gettysburg, and Chickamauga. Items included in the digital and physical collection include Benning’s war correspondence, orders sent to him, and reports of engagements.

The Henry L. Benning Civil War collection can be found at CSU archives and online at

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