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Ramblers celebrating 100 years of history

Celebrating the 100th anniversary of World War I and the founding of Camp Benning with a sunset tour, the 21st annual Historic Linwood Foundation Fall Ramble will be held Oct. 19th on the grounds of the historic cemetery.

Tours begin at 5 p.m. and guests are invited to enjoy beverages and light hors d’oeuvres in the Old Section of the cemetery. A new tour will depart every 15 minutes until 6:30 p.m., or until every guest has taken the tour. Gates open at 4:30 p.m.

Before the first tour group departs, there will be a short introduction by Don Sando. He will set the scene for Camp Benning’s birth in 1918 and will offer previews of some of the speakers that tour-takers will hear along the way.

Ramblers will visit the graves of Frank G. Lumpkin, John A. Betjeman, G. Gunby Jordan, Robert E. Dismukes, and Frank U. Garrard, all of whom played important roles in the establishment of the camp which did not become Fort Benning until 1922.

One of the local citizens featured in this year’s Linwood Ramble is John A. Betjeman, who played a major role in getting Camp Benning established in Columbus. Betjeman lobbied for three months in Washington and the War Department approved the local site on Aug. 27, 1918.

Also featured will be the Busseys — Arthur and Starlight — whose land became the nucleus of the present installation. Others featured will be World War I casualties, William Slade and Ral Miller, along with Dr. William N. Carter, one of the first local victims of the Spanish flu, which reached epidemic proportions during the war.

Ramblers also will hear about Anna Caroline Benning, daughter of Confederate Gen. Henry Benning, for whom the post was named. Presenters will include Daniel Bellware, Mark Flynn, John Land, Jean Harron, Jimmy Motos, Richard Gardiner, Brian Luedtke and Laura Murphy.

John Pemberton, the creator of Coca-Cola, is buried at Linwood Cemetery.

Throughout the event, golf cart transportation will be available for tour-goers with special mobility needs. Following the tours, refreshments prepared by local caterer Jodi Ressmeyer, and a wide assortment of beverages will be provided.

Ticket-holders will receive two drink vouchers each, so it will be necessary for them to bring their tickets to the Ramble. Tickets are $30.00. There are no discounts for members or advanced purchase. Student tickets (under 21) are $12.00.

The entrance will be on the 17th Street side of the cemetery. Parking will be available in Midtown Medical Center’s 17th Street parking lots. Security personnel will provide parking directions and assist pedestrians in crossing the street.

Tickets are available at the Historic Linwood Foundation Office on the grounds of Linwood Cemetery. For more information, call 706-321-8285 Monday through Thursday 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. EST. For information visit or search for Historic Linwood Cemetery Foundation on Facebook.


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