Berry Benson diaries

Berry Benson diaries

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Manuscripts
Creator: Benson, Berry, 1843-1923
Title: Berry Benson diaries
Dates: 1861-1865, 1910-1911
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.
Coll. Number: ms326(m)

Biographical/Historical Note

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.

Index Terms

Appomattox Campaign, 1865.
Benson, B. K., (Blackwood Ketcham), b. 1845
Champion, Frank
Confederate States of America. Army. South Carolina Infantry Regiment, 1st. Company H.
Duffy, Mike
Elmira Prison (Elmira, N.Y.).
Fredericksburg, Battle of, Fredericksburg, Va., 1862.
Georgia--History--Civil War, 1861-1865.
Johnson, Bradley T., (Bradley Tyler), 1829-1903
Maryland--History--Civil War, 1861-1865.
New York (State)--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Prisoners and prisons.
Soldiers--South Carolina--Diaries.
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.

General Notes

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.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Berry Benson diaries, MS 326. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, University of Georgia Libraries.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

11"A Confederate Sergeant's Adventures", 1910-1911 View online.
2Diaries (originals), 1861-1865 View online.