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Something You May Not Have Known: Famous yet largely unknown

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He is arguably the most famous unknown man in Augusta.

Berry Benson was an ordinary man who lived a extraordinary life, and while he never sought fame, he remains famous in Augusta even if most people today could not draw his name out of a photo lineup.

Benson not only survived most of the in...

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  1. Excellent article! Thank you for recognizing who Berry Benson. His life and accomplishments are worth being remembered! He is what makes the Augusta Confederate Memorial Monument unique. An Augusta son who made his part of the world a “better” place!

  2. what a great historical piece….”the man atop the Augusta Confederate monument” was indeed a simple man who did his duty to his state when he was called upon…Augustans of good will are in awe of this hero….thanks for bringing him to life.

  3. THEY FOUGHT AND THEY DIED THEY DESERVE TO BE REMEMBERED …. why they really did not know….17 year old Benson didn’t really understand the politics that led to the war and, instead, thought of it as just an adventure. Benson made it very clear throughout his life that he was not fighting to preserve slavery but rather fighting on behalf of his homeland.

  4. Scott Hudson wrote an outstanding article on the life of Berry Benson . And , while I have more than a cursory knowledge of the life and times of Berry Benson , Scott Hudson’s article leaves me with a desire to find a copy of Berry Benson’s civil war book “ Memoirs of a Civil War Scout and Sharpshooter “ and , in fact , it leaves me with a desire to learn more about the post war period when the southern states and our ancestors (those who survived combat) were subjugated under Reconstruction imposed by an oppressive federal government.
    I want to emphasize that it’s not just the information presented in the article that drew me to it , Scott Hudson obviously spent time and effort researching , writing, and rewriting the article so as to make it a compelling read . The life of Berry Benson would make a compelling screenplay , a nonfiction Yancey Cravat .

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