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This Day in Georgia History

July 10, 1875

Henry L. Benning Died

Former lawyer, Georgia Supreme Court justice, states rights advocate, secession proponent, and Confederate general Henry L. Benning died in Columbus, Georgia. [Many sources incorrectly cite the day of Benning’s death as July 8.] Born in Columbia County in 1814, his parents moved to Harris County in 1832. Three years later, he moved to Columbus, which was his home until his death. After the outbreak of World War I, the U.S. Army created a new military post in Columbus. Army officials named the facility Camp Benning in honor of Gen. Benning’s bravery during the Civil War. In 1922, Camp Benning was re-designated as Fort Benning.