|Creator:||Benson, Berry, 1843-1923|
|Title:||Berry Benson diaries|
|Quantity:||0.08 Linear feet (2 folders housed with minor collections MS 325 to MS 327)|
|Abstract:||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.|
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.
Cataloged as part of the Georgia Archives and Manuscripts Automated Access Project: A Special Collections Gateway Program of the University Center in Georgia.
Portions of this collection have been digitized and are available online as part of America's Turning Point: Documenting the Civil War Experience in Georgia.
Berry Benson diaries, MS 326. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, University of Georgia Libraries.