Ceremony will honor Confederate soldier

Friday, Feb. 7, 2014 9:33 PM
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The Sgt. Berry Benson Camp of the Sons of Confed­erate Veterans will honor its namesake with a birthday celebration and flagpole dedication ceremony in North Augusta on Sunday.

Benson modeled Broad Street statue  Sean Moores/ File
Sean Moores/ File
Benson modeled Broad Street statue

The ceremony will be held next to the Con­fed­erate soldier’s grave at Sunset Hill Ceme­tery at 3 p.m., said Lt. Commander Curtis M. Wright of the Sgt. Berry Benson Camp.

Guest speaker Wayne Jones, the 5th Brigade commander of the Sons of Con­fed­erate Veterans, will share insights on Benson’s life as a Confederate soldier. Confed­erate re-enactors will be present, and a new flagpole at Benson’s grave site will be dedicated, Wright said.

Benson, born Feb. 9, 1843, in Hamburg, S.C., gained notoriety during the Civil War for his ability in scouting enemy locations, according to the New Georgia Encyclopedia.

“He was kind of a Mac­Gyver type,” Wright said. “He escaped from prison multiple times (during the war) and crossed enemy lines disguising himself as a Union soldier. He’s a local hero.”

Shortly after South Caro­lina seceded from the Union, the 16-year-old Benson joined the Hamburg Minutemen, and he witnessed the Union Army’s surrender of Fort Sumter in April 1861.

Later in life, Benson settled in the Augusta area to work as an accountant, moving into his home in North Augusta in the early 1900s, according to Augusta Chronicle archives.

Benson’s likeness has been immortalized on top of the Confederate Monument in the 700 block of Broad Street. The monument was dedicated in 1878.

IF YOU GO

WHAT: The Berry Benson birthday celebration and new flagpole dedication

WHEN: 3 p.m. Sunday

WHERE: Sunset Hill Cemetery on Alta Vista Avenue in North Augusta. Cemetery is behind Lion’s Park.

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corgimom
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corgimom 02/08/14 - 07:00 am
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His book is in the North

His book is in the North Augusta library, it's a very interesting story.

corgimom
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corgimom 02/08/14 - 07:01 am
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And, of course, he looks

And, of course, he looks South atop the monument.

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nocnoc 02/08/14 - 07:04 am
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Would or could some one post

some of the names of the Freed Blacks and Slaves that fought on the side of the CSA also.

It would surprise a lot of people to know the numbers, whose families are OWED GA-CSA veteran retirement payments.

BTW: YES my family has SOC & DOC members.

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seenitB4 02/08/14 - 11:56 am
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Thank you for the article

Thank you for honoring this soldier.

Dixieman
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Dixieman 02/08/14 - 12:53 pm
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Hey! Can I have your points? Trying to get to 10,000

Where are all the whiners, Obamavoters, displaced Yankees, and other Negative Nellies today? No unfavorable comment on honoring a brave soldier? C'mon, folks, we can't have a good forum which angries up the blood without you!

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Stunned 2 02/08/14 - 02:11 pm
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You can have my points, Dixieman. I don't have many, but it'll

be enough to reach your goal. I don't know what they are for, either. But, I mostly skip the comments of posters with high points - unless they take a direct hit towards me or something that I am passionate about.

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stuaby 02/08/14 - 05:03 pm
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@Dixieman

What's going to happen when you reach 10,000 pts?

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griff6035 02/08/14 - 10:06 pm
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Confederate service men

Thank you for this article!

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