Al Benson, Jr., is the editor and publisher of the Copperhead Chronicle, a quarterly newspaper that presents history from a pro-Southern and Christian perspective. An avid writer eager to voice his opinion, Benson has contributed to Southern Patriot and the Patriotist and online publications the Fire Eater and the Sierra Times, in addition to composing a monthly column for the National Educator in the 1990s. Benson also maintains a Web site and blog that focus on Southern and conservative culture.
While living in West Virginia, Benson and his wife protested in the Kanawha County Textbook Controversy, condemning new public-school textbooks as morally unsound. Together they homeschooled their children for several years. Benson is also the author of a Civil War history lesson plan for homeschooled students as well as several publications dealing with the public-education system.
Though originally from the North, Benson has always been sympathetic to the South and its secession prior to the Civil War. Benson is a member of the Confederate Society of America, where he served on the board of directors; the League of the South; the Friends of the Sons of Confederate Veterans; and other patriotic groups. He is a former member of the John Birch Society, which advocates for personal freedom and limited government. Benson was born in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, and grew up in Massachusetts, but he and his wife now reside, both “geographically and culturally,” in Sterlington, Louisiana.