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Type: Diaries | Text | Text
Creator: Benson, Berry, 1843-1923
Title: Diaries
Date: 1861-1865 | 1910-1911
Description: The collection mainly consists of diaries of Berry Benson from 1861-1865, which detail his service as a Confederate Civil War soldier with Company H of the 1st South Carolina Infantry Regiment as a scout and sharpshooter. Includes information on the battle of Fredericksburg, Virginia; Benson's capture in Spottsylvania, Virginia; his imprisonment and escape from Elmira Prison, New York; and other events in Maryland and Georgia. Persons mentioned in Benson's diaries include Benson's brother Blackwood "Bob" Benson, Frank Champion, Mike Duffy, and General Bradley Johnson. The collection also includes a manuscript (1910-1911) written by Benson entitled "A Confederate Sergeant's Adventures" later published as a chapter in Elmira Prison Camp.

Cataloged as part of the Georgia Archives and Manuscripts Automated Access Project: A Special Collections Gateway Program of the University Center in Georgia.

Berry Greenwood Benson (1843-1923), sergeant, Company H, 1st South Carolina Volunteers, Confederate Army; born in Hamburg, South Carolina. For more information, see the article Berry Benson (1843-1923) in the New Georgia Encyclopedia.

America's Turning Point: Documenting the Civil War Experience in Georgia received support from a Digitizing Historical Records grant awarded to the Atlanta History Center, Georgia Historical Society, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, and the Digital Library of Georgia by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

Subjects: Benson, B. K. (Blackwood Ketcham), b. 1845 | Champion, Frank | Duffy, Mike | Johnson, Bradley T. (Bradley Tyler), 1829-1903 | Confederate States of America. Army. South Carolina Infantry Regiment, 1st. Company H | Elmira Prison (Elmira, N.Y.) | Appomattox Campaign, 1865 | Fredericksburg, Battle of, Fredericksburg, Va., 1862 | Soldiers--South Carolina--Diaries | Georgia--History--Civil War, 1861-1865 | Maryland--History--Civil War, 1861-1865 | New York (State)--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Prisoners and prisons | United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Personal narratives, Confederate | United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Scouts and scouting | Virginia--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Campaigns | Georgia | Virginia | South Carolina | Maryland | New York (State)
Contributors: Hargrett Library
Online Publisher: [Athens, Ga.] : Digital Library of Georgia in association with the Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, 2012
Original Material: Berry Benson diaries, MS 326. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, University of Georgia Libraries.
Rights and Usage: Cite as: Berry Benson diaries, MS 326. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, University of Georgia Libraries., as presented in the Digital Library of Georgia.
Persistent Link to Item: http://dlg.galileo.usg.edu/harg/turningpoint/id:harg0326-001-002

Related Institutions: Digital Library of Georgia
Georgia Historical Society
Atlanta History Center
Hargrett Library
Collection Information: America's Turning Point: Documenting the Civil War Experience in Georgia