Digital Library of Georgia: Henry L. Benning Civil War materials available online. “Henry L. Benning was born in Columbia County, Georgia in 1814. After finishing first in his class at the University of Georgia in 1834, he moved to Columbus in 1835. There, he was admitted to the bar, married Mary Howard in 1839, and entered his father-in-law’s firm. In 1840, Benning lost a race for the General Assembly, but was later elected to the state Supreme Court in 1853. After Lincoln’s election, Benning became one of Georgia’s most vocal supporters for secession. During the war, he served as Colonel of the 17th Georgia Infantry in twenty-one engagements including Antietam, Gettysburg, and Chickamauga… Benning’s war correspondence deals with his service throughout the war and includes orders sent to him, reports of engagements, both those sent to him and those he submitted to his superiors.”
A tip o’ the nib to The Map Room. for this pointer from Indiana University Bloomington: Digitizing captured Russian Military maps. “Thanks to cataloging exchange arrangement with the Library of Congress, Indiana University holds 4,000 topographic maps, largely produced by the Soviet military, and captured during World War II. Now a Digitizing Hidden Collections grant from the Council on Library and Information Resources will exponentially increase access and exposure to interested international audiences.” Over 1000 maps are already available.
Greek Reporter: Greek Military Building DNA Database to ID Fallen WWII Troops. “Greece’s military is setting up a DNA database to help identify the remains of Greek WWII soldiers who died and were buried in Albania. The Hellenic National Defence General Staff announced on Wednesday the establishment of the database with samples from living relatives to help the authorities identify sets of remains currently being exhumed in Albania.”
I got this from a Reddit post. “The US National archives have uploaded all of the outtakes from the 1944 documentary: “Memphis Belle: A Story of a Flying Fortress”. B-17 combat operations over Europe. 34 reels of new WW2 footage.” If you go to the Reddit link you’ll see an embedded playlist of the new videos.
Library of Congress: New VHP Web Feature Marks 75th Anniversary of Guadalcanal Battle. “The Library of Congress’ Veterans History Project (VHP) today launched its new ‘Experiencing War’ website feature, titled ‘Guadalcanal: 75 Years Later,’ recognizing the anniversary of the end of the major World War II campaign known as the Battle of Guadalcanal. The feature highlights 12 digitized collections found in the VHP archive, each of which includes the first-person narrative of a veteran who fought in this epic, six-month offensive in the South Pacific during 1942 and 1943.”
William & Mary: Library receives diary of soldier imprisoned at William & Mary during Civil War. “On a cold, rainy day in May 1862, a young Union soldier, Henry Alexander Scandrett, would experience his first battle. Unfortunately it would be a losing battle. His regiment, the 70th New York, joined the attack on Confederate lines at Fort Magruder, an earthen redoubt two miles east of Williamsburg. The regiment saw heavy action; 350 men were killed or wounded. A small group of survivors, including Scandrett, were taken as prisoners of war and held at William & Mary.” William & Mary has digitized the diary and put it online.
Hindustan Times: Marking the spot: A new website lists, remembers soldiers who died on duty. “Major Akshay Girish Kumar died in the line of duty in November 2016, aged 31, fighting terrorists at Nagrota in Jammu & Kashmir. His life, his lovely nature and his sacrifice have been immortalised on a new website… It’s an online memorial that features names, bios and brief memorial notes on Indian armed forces personnel who have died on duty. The eventual aim is to document every such death since August 15, 1947. It has put together 12,628 profiles so far, including those in a section for ex-serviceman who died after retirement.”