Confederate Sharpshooter Berry Benson and His Enfield

Berry Benson was a civil war sharpshooter and was on the confederates side. He fought in General lee’s army. Benson was captured by the Union and managed to escape their clutches. Berry was always a great shooter and was even selected to a special battalion for exceptional shooters in 1862. He married in 1868 and became an accountant.

Key Takeaways:

  • Civil War sharpshooter Berry Benson fought in several major battles with Gen. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia.
  • Benson was captured and escaped from two notorious Union prisons before returning to his unit.
  • At the war’s end in 1865, he walked home with his two-band, London-made Enfield.

“Although it would seem unlikely, Berry Benson’s postwar career was, if anything, as compelling as his military experience.”

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