Frederick William Benteen papers

Frederick William Benteen papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Manuscripts
Creator: Benteen, Frederick William, 1834-1898.
Title: Frederick William Benteen papers
Dates: Bulk, 1871-1896
Dates: 1833-1951
Quantity: 1.4 Linear feet (3 document boxes, 1 volume, 1 oversize folder A)
Coll. Number: ms770

Biographical/Historical Note

Frederick William Benteen was born in 1834 and died in 1898. He served in the American Civil War and the Black Hills War. Against his father's wishes, he fought on the Union side as a a soldier with the 10th Missouri Volunteer Cavalry. He later married Catherine L. Norman (1838-1906) in 1862 in St. Louis, Missouri. During the Civil War, Frederick was awarded the ranks of major and then lieutenant colonel and commander of the 10th Missouri Cavalry.

After the Civil War, Frederick led an all-black "Buffalo soldier" regiment - the 138th U.S. Colored Volunteers from 1865 to 1866 - as a colonel. Later in 1866, Frederick was made a captain in the 7th U.S. Cavalry. From 1867 to 1883, he served under George Armstrong Custer. He commanded Troop H. Benteen supposedly had a known dislike of Custer, disagreeing with him on several occasions. During the Battle of Little Bighorn (or Custer's Last Stand), after Custer's battalion was destroyed, Benteen took control of the remaining troops.

After many years of service, Benteen acquired the rank of major, 9th U.S. cavalry, in 1882. He finally retired in 1887 after a suspension due to drunk and disorderly conduct. He died in 1898, leaving his wife and son.


Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of papers of Frederick William Benteen from 1833-1951. The collection contains a variety of material mainly relating to Benteen's service in the 7th U.S. Cavalry while serving out west and, in particular, his involvement in the Battle of Little Big Horn. Includes correspondence (1871-1888) from Benteen in the Montana territory, Kansas, and Nebraska, to his wife, Catherine L. Benteen; a map drawn by Benteen of the Little Big Horn battlefield; some official military documents including the draft and revised draft (July 4, 1876) of Major Marcus A. Reno regarding George A. Custer and the Battle of Little Big Horn; and numerous photographs of members of the 7th Cavalry, military groups and locations, including Ft. Dodge, Kansas (1868-1869), Indian leaders, and several of the Benteen family.

The collection also contains some military documents relating to Benteen's service in the 10th Missouri Volunteer Cavalry during the Civil War; photocopies of correspondence from Benteen to Theodore W. Goldin regarding the 7th Cavalry; "Cavalry Scraps", articles written by Benteen regarding his cavalry service; correspondence (1929-1949) between E.A. Brinistool and various members of the Benteen family; newspaper clippings; printed material; and a scrapbook.


Arrangement

Arranged by record type.


Index Terms

Benteen, Catherine L., 1838-1906
Brininstool, E. A., (Earl Alonzo), 1870-1957
Cheyenne Indians--Wars, 1876.
Custer, George A., (George Armstrong), 1839-1876
Dakota Indians--Wars, 1876.
Goldin, Theodore W.
Indians of North America--Government relations.
Indians of North America--Wars--1866-1895.
Little Bighorn, Battle of the, Mont., 1876.
Reno, Marcus A., (Marcus Albert), 1835-1889
Soldiers--Missouri.
United States. Army. Cavalry, 7th.
United States. Army. Missouri Cavalry Regiment, 10th (1862-1865).
West (U.S.)--Description and travel.

General Notes

Cataloged as part of the Georgia Archives and Manuscripts Automated Access Project: A Special Collections Gateway Program of the University Center in Georgia.


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Frederick William Benteen papers. MS 770. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, University of Georgia Libraries.


Related Material

Related materials available in the following collections of this repository: Frederick William Benteen addendum, MS 770a.


Other Finding Aids note

A very detailed inventory from the donors, who were descendents of Benteen, can be found within the library and is available upon request.


Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

 

Series 1: General Benteen letters to Mrs. Benteen

This series lists chronologically the letters from General Benteen to Mrs. Benteen, written during the years 1871 to 1888 inclusively, and include only those that appear in the original form; photostatic copies of certain correspondence will be found in series II. The designation of "Signature" as used herein may refer to the full name, a part, or initials. Letters are written in ink unless other wise indicated
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1871-1876

Single sheet, double fold, four pages, Fort Hayes, Signed, 12 March 1871
Signed. Single sheet, four pages. Fort Thompson, May 20, 1873
Two sheets, four pages, July 31-August 1, 1873
Evidently an enclosure to other letters, since the "Josephine" was returning from Powder River. Signed. Also "no. 13"
Enclosure. One page
Acrostic "Benteen" by Lt. Eckerson, 7th cav. at Fort Rice, winter. Enclosed by B. for Mrs. Benteen
Junction of Powder & Yellowstone Rivers - Half-sheet, both sides, upper left of front page no. 9, June 12, 1876
Clipping attached by pin. Signed
re portion of Fight at 2BH
"Far West", month of Big Horn & Yellowstone. Not signed. One sheet, both sides, July 2, 1876
The letter is not complete.
Montana, Camp 7th Cavalry. Yellowstone River opposite mouth of Big Horn River, signed. 2 sheets, both sides, with margins, July 4, 1876
"Far West", mouth of Yellowstone & Rose bud. Single sheet, double fold, four pages. Not signed, July 23, 1876
Begins with "page 3"-ends with "page 6"-evidently not complete.
Steamer "Far West", Yellowstone, opposite Rosebud. One sheet, both sides, signed, July 30, 1876
Rosebud & Yellowstone Rivers. One sheet-one dide. Signed, August 1, 1876
Saint Paul. One sheet. both sides. Signed as obverse, September 26, 1876
Philadelphia, one sheet, both sides. Signed, October 7, 1876
Philadelphia, one sheet, double fold, four pages. Signed, October 8, 1876
Philadelphia, one a sheet, both sides. Signed, October 9, 1876
Philadelphia, one sheet, both sides. Signed, October 10, 1876
Transcripts of 1876 letters
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St. Paul-1 sheet, both sides, signed, March, 1877
Saint Paul, one sheet, double fold, four pages, signed, March 13,1877
Camp near Buford, half sheet, both sides, signed, May 18, 1877
Camp 7 th Cavalry, Cedar Creek, W. Side Yellowstone River. One sheet, both sides, signed, May 29, 1877
Camp, 7 th Cavalry, Cedar Creek, Montana. One sheet, both sides Signed, June 7, 1877
Cedar Creek, Montana. One sheet, both sides signed, June 9 1877
Cedar Creek. One sheet, double fold, four pages, signed on obverse, June 13, 1877
Sunday Creek Camp 1. Yellowstone. one sheet, double fold, four pages signed, June 30, 1877
vignette in upper left corner.
Camp. 7 th Cavalry. Sunday Creek. One sheet, double fold, four pages, signed-pencilled additions, July 3rd, 1877
Camp. 7 th U.S. Cavalry, Sunday Creek & Yellowstone Rivers. One sheet, double fold, 3 pages, signed, August 4, 1877
Camp. 7 th Cavalry. Yellowstone, Opposite Tongue River. One sheet, double-fold, four pages, signed, August 11, 1877
Camp. 7 th Cavalry, 35 miles from mouth of "Clarke's Fork" of the Yellowstone. One sheet, double fold, four pages, Signed, September 2d, 1877
Montana Territory, Camp. 7 th Cavalry, (on a tributary to Clark's Fork, near Canion), September 5, 1877
Montana, Carroll, (on Mo. River) One sheet, double fold, Four pages closely written, signed, October 2, 1877
Missouri River, opp. mouth of the Musselshell, M.T. One sheet both sides, signed, October 24, 1877
Camp. "Owen Hale", opp. mouth of the Musselshell River on the Mo. River. One sheet, both sides, signed, October 25, 1877
Fort Buford (also-night November 13, Buford Camp & 16 th) One sheet, double fold. Four Pages-Signed, November 13, 1877
Camp 7 th Cavalry, Buford. (P.S. on at heading) One sheet, both sides, signed. (clippings enclosed), November 17, 1877 November 18, 1877
Camp. 7 th Cavalry, near Fort Buford. D.T. afternoon of Sunday. One sheet, both sides, November 18 1877
(First page numbered "Page 1-letter unsigned-other pages may be missing)
Camp Buford. signature. One sheet, both sides, November 20, 1877
One sheet, double fold, four pages vignette, closed but not signed-two clippings enclosed, December 8, 1877
Sunday morning. One sheet, double fold, four pages, signed, two clippings enclosed, December 9, 1877
Monday night, Buford. One sheet, double fold, four pages, closed but unsigned, December 10, 1877
Christmas Creek, Camp 7 th Cavalry, 5 miles west of Buford. Single sheet, double fold, four pages, signed, December 25, 1877
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Chicago Two sheets, four pages (both sides of each sheet) on letter head of Palmer House, Chicago. Signed, January 31, 1879
Portland, Oregon. One sheet, both sides, signed, April 21, 1879
Vancouver, Washington One page, double fold, four pages, signed, April 23, 1879
Portland, Oregon. On letterhead of St. Charles Hotel One page, both sides, signed, April 28th, 1879
Baldwin Hotel, San Francisco One page, both sides, signed, May 2, 1879
Baldwin Hotel, San Francisco One page, both sides, signed, May 3, 1879
Arcade Hotel, Sacramento (California) One half-page, both sides, signed, May 5, 1879
Sacramento, on letterhead of Arcade Hotel One page, both sides, signed, May 6th 1879
Camp "Donald McIntosh," Head of waters Little Missouri River, May 19, 1881
Camp "Donald McIntosh," Little Missouri River, May 23, 1881
Riley (Ft.) Kansas One page, both sides, signed, September 3, 1883
Riley (Ft.) Kansas One page, both sides, signed, September 28, 1883
Fort Riley. (Kansas) One page, both sides, signed, September 29, 1883
Fort Douglas, Utah One page, both sides, signed, May 11, 1887
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Headquarters Department of the Platte, Omaha, Neb. One sheet, both sides, on official stationery, closed but not signed, April 21, 1888
Valentine, Nebraska, on letterhead of the Valentine House. One page, both sides, signed, April 27, 1888
Fort Niobrara, Neb. One sheet, double fold, four pages, and one sheet, both sides, making six pages in all. Closed, but signed, April 28, 1888
with B's pet name for Mr. B.; "Frab." of some secret significance to them alone.
Fort Niobrara, Neb. One half sheet, both sides, and one half sheet one side only, signed, April 30, 1888
Fort Niobrara, Neb. single sheet, double fold, four pages, signed, May 1, 1888
Fort Niobrara, Neb. single sheet, double fold, four pages, signed, May 2, 1888
Fort Niobrara, Neb. single sheet, double fold, four pages, signed, May 3rd, 1888
Fort Niobrara, Neb. single sheet, double fold, four pages, signed, May 3rd, 1888
One-half sheet, both sides, one numbered "5", signed
39 pavilion St. Atlanta Georgia. Single sheet, double fold, three pages, and one half-sheet. both sides, holograph letter in ink to Gen. E.S. Godfrey. Signed with Seventh Cavalry insigne. Enclosed in envelope originally sealed with red wax, stamp missing, addressed in ink to "Capt. E.S. Godfrey, 7 th United States Cavalry, Fort Riley, Kansas." with return address at left side, August 14, 1893
This is apparently the letter to which Mrs. Godfrey refers in her letters to Major Benteen.
Cookstown, New Jersey Three sheets, double fold, nine pages. Holograph letter in ink to Major ("col") Benteen. Signed, Ida E. Godfrey. Enclosed in stamped, addressed envelope, with return, June 26, 1933
Cookstown, New Jersey. Single sheet, double fold, three pages and marginal note. Holograph letter in ink to Major ("Lt. Col.") Benteen. Signed: Ida E. Godfrey. Enclosed in stamped, addressed envelope with return, July 4, 1933
Cookstown, New Jersey. Three single sheets, double fold, nine pages AND one single sheet, both sides, making total of eleven pages, with marginal notes. Holograph letter in ink to Major ("Col") Benteen. Signed; Ida E. Godfrey. Enclosed in stamped, addressed envelope with return, July 14, 1933
 

Series 2: Photostats of General Benteen to Mrs. F.W. Benteen

In this section are tabulated photostats of certain letters of FWB to Mrs. Benteen during the period of the 1876 expedition against the Sioux.
Each separate sheet is referred to as a "photostat" of a particular letter-page-or pages, where more than one of the latter was reproduced by a single photostat.
Dates and locations not in the sequence that appears in the letters themselves; here, the date is given first, regardless.
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1876 June 12-July 10

Camp no. 20. Junction of Powder & Yellowstone Rivers. Incomplete, no signature. small clipping, June 12, 1876
Indian accounts
Two photostats showing six original pages: Dates and locations given-(a) Camp 7 th Cavalry, mouth of Powder & Yellowstone, (b) June 13 th, (c) June 14. Powder & Yellowstone. Signatures appear four times on various pages, June 12, 1876
Two photostats showing two original pages. str. "Far West". Mouth of Big Horn and Yellowstone. Evidently page or pages missing. no signature, July 2, 1876
Four photostats showing four original pages. Montana, Camp 7 th Cavalry, Yellowstone River, opposite Mouth of Big Horn River. This is the famous account of the battle. Signed, July 4, 1876
Four photostats showing four original papers. Copied on Str. Josephine not connected with letter". FWB noted above on holograph copy of his report to Wallace, adl. 7 th Cavalry. of the battle-It is dated July 4, 1876, and signed, July 17, 1876
One photostat showing original half-page. Headquarters 7 Regiment U.S. Cavalry, Yellowstone River, Montana Territory. holograph copy, not signed, July 4, 1876
Extract from Major Reno's report on battle.
Two photostats showing two original pages. Steamer Josephine, Big Horn & Yellowstone. Noted as "Page No. 1. (& last of the series)". Signed, July 9, 1876
Twelve photostats showing twelve original and numbered pages. Steamer Josephine, N. Bank of Yellowstone, Junction of Big Horn. Also dated on page nine "July 12". Signed, July 10, 1876
61876 July 16-1876(?)
Two photostats showing two original pages. Steamer Josephine. First page noted "Finis". signed, July 16, 1876
One photostat showing one original page marked "( z )". Powder River. Signed, July 18, 1876
One photostat showing one original page marked "( z )". Powder River. Signed. (duplicate), July 18, 1876
Four photostats of four original pages, numbered "3"-"4"-"5"-"6"
Mouth of Yellowstone & Rosebud. (page3), July 23, 1876
Undated, Continuation (page 4) (page 5), July 24,1876
12:30 pm. Str. "Far West". (page 6), July 25, 1876
(This group possibly not completed-no signature on any page.)
Two photostats of two original pages. Steamer "Far West", Sunday. Signed, July 30, 1876
Four photostats of four original pages. First page shows "9" in vignette. Camp, Powder & Yellowstone, pages 1,2,3&4. Signature appears twice on Page 4. Page 4, August 23, 1876 August 24, 1876
One photostat of Custer's message to FWB, with inset photo of Martini, the messenger who carried it
Two photostats of two original pages. Holograph letter from brother, signed. "Theo", with holograph note at bottom of last page to Mrs. Benteen, signed
 

Series 3: Military correspondence Pre-Indian Campaign Period

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17Clipping, message of Governor Willard P. Hall, December 30, 1864
7Official print. Commission of Major to Fredrick W. Benteen, Tenth Missouri volunteer Cavalry, signed in ink by H.R. Gamble, Adj. Gen., December 11, 1862
7One sheet, holograph copy in ink, by B. with note to Mrs. B., of poem by Col. Cornyn. Both sides of sheet, unsigned
7One sheet, lined, both sides, holographs copy in ink of letter by B to General Emory Upton up on latters transfer, signed. Holograph explanation of letter's origin in red ink on both pages, signed, May 24, 1865
7Official. One sheet, one page, holograph, ink, Special Orders No. 8 dated. To Lt. Col Benteen from James Lalta, AAG, June 23, 1865
7Official. One sheet, one page, holograph ink. Special Orders no. 124 dated. To Col. Benteen from Gen. Wilson, signed by AAAG, July 1, 1865
7Official. One sheet, one page, holograph in ink. Certification of Muster of Col Benteen, dated, signed by Lt. Lielbertson, July 13,1865
7Official. One sheet; double page form. Entree in ink. Dated. Four pages, account settlement. Note and signature in ink on page 1, entry in ink on page 2, signature in ink on page 3, all by B., January 6, 1866
7Two sheets, four pages, numbered in ink by B, 7-8-9-10 respectively. Holograph account of campaigning in Missouri and Arkansas. Incomplete, not signed
7Two sheets, three pages, print, evidently extract from report of Major R. H. Hunt, Artillery Chief, Dept. of Kansas
 

Series 4: Military Correspondence Post, 1861-1865

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18Preliminary draft of Maj. Reno's report on the battle, of the Big Horn. Dated: Head qr's 7 th Regr. Cavalry. Camp on Yellowstone Written in black ink on both sides of six sheets of blue lined white paper with raised monogram. Much interlineation and corrections in ink, and some pencilled markings evidently by Major Benteen. Not signed, July 4, 1876
8Revised draft of Major Reno's report on the battle of Little Big Horn. Headqr's 7 th Regiment U.S. Cavalry Camp on Yellowstone River. Written in black ink on both sides of four sheets (one, double fold; making twelve pages in all) on blue-lined white paper with raised stationer's marks. Signed at bottom of page 12 (the last): "M.A. Reno, Maj. 7 th Cv'y Comd'g Regt." and "Witness. F.W.B.", July 4th 1876
8Typed copy, with pencilled notes, made by Jaf. Benteen, of the preliminary draft of Reno's Report. Ten typed sheets, double spaced, one side only, not completed
8Stamped envelope, addressed to FWB. Across face of envelope, he has written in pencil: Reno's Report of the Battle of Little Big Horn, June 25 & 26, '76, September 28, 1894
This is evidently the envelope in which he kept Maj. Reno's reports on the Battle of Little Big Horn.
8Headquarters 7 th Cavalry. Fort Riley, Kansas. Official. Regimental Orders No. 9. 7 th Cavalry. Signed: A.J. Smith, Col. 7 th Cavalry, January 29, 1867
Assignment of Capt. Benteen to Co. H.
8Headquarters, Fort Riley, Ks. Official. Special Orders no. 18. Signed for Bvt Maj. Gen. Custer by W.W. Cook, port adjutant, January 29, 1867
Order to assume command of Co. H, 7 th Cavalry
8One sheet, one side only. Holograph copy by FWB from E.B. French, auditor, July 20, 1872
Official notice of over payment in pay. This carries rare signature of FWB as captain, 7 th Cavalry.
8Post of Nashville, Tenn. Single sheet, both sides. Holograph copy by FWB. not signed, August 9th, 1872
his reply to item above
8Treasury Department, Second auditor's office. Official. Two sheets joined by pasting, one side each. Holograph letter by EB French. Signed for French by J.C.B., September 30, 1872
(by T.C.B.) acknowledging receipt of above
8Postmaster Generals Office, War Department, Washington Official. One sheet, one side only, June 14, 1873
Stoppage of pay form signed by Chas. T. Larned, actg. Paymaster General, U.S.A.
8Fort Rice. One sheet, one side only. Holograph letter, signed, by FWB, October 16, 1873
copy of his transmittal of receipt from paymaster — of moneys claimed due in item (10) above. Official endorsements on back of sheet, and return instructions.
8Headquarters 7 th Regiment U.S. Cavalry, Yellowstone River, Montana Territory. One sheet, (1/2) one side only. Holographs copy by FWB. Not signed, July 4, '76
extract from Maj. Reno's report of FWB's Commendation.
8Phila. Pa. Centennial. One sheet, double fold, four pages. Page one and three, a holograph letter to FWB from John W. Noble. Pages two and four holograph. Not signed, July 8, 1876
comments to Mrs. Benteen by FWB.
8Report Camp Cavalry, July 17, 1876
8Fort Meade. Dakota Territory. One sheet, one side only. Holograph. not signed, August 21, 1881
testimonial to FWB signed by fourteen enlisted men of troop H. 7 th Cavalry upon their expiration of time of service. FWB has noted in pencil: "Mem. These are all of the old soldiers left in the troop."
8Adjutant General. Office, Washington. Official. One sheet, one side only. Holograph letter to Col. Sturgis from and signed for E.D. Townsend A.G. signature appears in lower left corner, September 19, 1876
concerning charge of detail for F.W.B. Colonel Sturgis
8Headqr's. S' Louis Barracks. Official (copy). One sheet, double fold, writing on three pages. Holograph copy by Col S.D. Sturgis. Each signed by Col. Sturgis, with pencilled rank added by FWB to second message, September 23, 1876
orders relieving FWB from recruiting duty. Also notification to FWB.
8(Fort Adams) Newport, R.I. One sheet, double fold, four pages. Holograph letter to FWB. Signed: Edward S. Field, Capt. 4 th artillery. not signed, February 1, 1886
requesting information on the Custer battle for Dr. Mitchell of Philadelphia. In margin of last page FWB makes holograph note of his reply, in ink-On first page FWB notes in blue pencil the date of his acknowledgement
8Fort Adams. R.I. One sheet, double fold, three pages. Signed: Edward Field, February 25, '86
Acknowledgement of reply by FWB to request in item above.
8Caldwell, Ks. (Two Items) (a)One page, both sides. On first page, a holograph letter to FWB. Signed by Edward Hatch, Col. not signed. (b) Stamped envelope for enclosure of above, addressed to Major F.W. Benteen at Fort Sill, Indian Territory. Signed "Benteen.", February 25, 1885
notifying that request has been made for his transfer.
On the reverse side, FWB has noted in pencil his account of the matter, with personal comments.
On back, in blue pencil FWB repeats his account of the request.
8Ft. McKinney. Wyoming. Three items. (A) Rare letter. one sheet. (b) official. Office of asst. G. M. Fort McKinney. Utah. Holograph letter to FWB from Lt. Chas. Taylor. one sheet, one side, but with. Not signed, (c) Envelope, official, enclosing above, with holographs. Not signed, September 22d, 1886
press copy of list of baggage.
enclosing list of baggage.
note on back by FWB.
note by FWB
8One page. Typed copy of statement
about Rain in the Face by Barry
8Letter dated. One sheet of office stationery, typed on one side. Signed by W.F. Scott. Not signed by FWB., September 3, (1891)
requesting data to be incorporated in history of 4 th Iowa Cavalry, later published.
Notes in margin in ink by FWB stating compliance, and comments.
8One sheet, one side only, on office stationery-numbered "2"-letter not complete. Signed Wm. F. Scott (c) Both items enclosed in stamped envelope with printed return
 

Series 5: "Cavalry Scraps" - Unpublished Manuscripts by General F.W. Benteen

The manuscripts listed in this section (with the exception of no. 13, identified below) are described as "unpublished" since research has failed to produce any evidence that they have appeared in print. However, it was evidently the Generals intent that they should, and some at least may have been submitted to an editor for that purpose. Certain newspaper accounts of interviews with the General carry brief extracts of some of the incidents related in the manuscripts, but merely as a passing mention of them.
Item no. 13, mentioned above, has appeared on print, but as an original manuscript is included with the "Cavalry Scraps".
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19CAVALRY SCRAPS-GEN. F.W. BENTEEN, U.S. ARMY
Twenty-two (22) numbered sheets, written on one side, approx. 3,045 words, lined, 10X8, signed at end of last page "To be continued if approved of. Benteen, U.S. Army."
9Surprising the village of Roman Nose in 1867 on Pawnee Fork of the Arkansas; and a deer, elk, antelope and buffalo hunt on same campaign. Gen. F.W. Benteen, U.S. Army. Five numbered sheets written on one side, approx. 1,162 words, lined 14X8 1/4, signed on margin of last page "F.W. Benteen, Bvt. Brig. Genl. U.S. Army"
9At old Fort Hays, Kansas. A champion buffalo hunt by the officers of the Seventh United States Cavalry. Five (5) numbered sheets written on one side, approx. 1079 words. Lined. 14X8 1/4 signed at end of last page F.W. Benteen, Bvt. Brig. Genl., U.S. Army
9Baseball playing in Kansas in 1868, the grounds being strongly picketed to avoid being attacked by hostile indians. Seven (7) numbered sheets, written on one side, lined, 14X8 1/4, approx. 1485 words. Signed at end of last page "F.W. Benteen, Bvt. Brig. Genl. U.S. Army"
9Rose-Pink, The Belle of the Comanches, or How We Whiled the Time Away Around Wichita Mountains in 1868. Four (4) numbered sheets, written on one side, lined, 10 1/2X8, approx. 689 words. Signed at end of last page "F.W. Benteen, Bvt. Brig. Genl., U.S. Army"
9AMONG THE MESQUITE IN COLORADO. By Gen. F.W. Benteen, U.S. Army. Seven (7) numbered sheets written on one side, lined, 10 1/2x8 approx, 1116 words. Signed at end of last page "F.W. Benteen, Bvt. Brig. Genl., U.S. Army
10Turkey Hunting in the Indian Ter. in 1868 from Camp Supply to Medicine Bluff Creek, Indian Territory. Eight (8) numbered sheets, lined, 14x8 1/2, approx. 1858 words. Signed at end of last page "F.W. Benteen, Bvt.Brig. Genl., U.S. Army"
Written on one side of paper except that page 4 was originally continued on the reverse of page 3, then crossed out and set forth on its own page 4, with an apology, citing lack of paper. On reverse of last page the following: "Turkey hunting etc., from Camp Supply to Medicine Bluff Creek in 1868. Stumbling, Genl. & Fred. This may be too long a Story for you to publish in one number of 'Recreation', but there you can split it up I had to leave out much of interest, to simmer it as I have done."
10From New Orleans, La. To the Black Hills of Dakota, in 1875 Fourteen (14) numbered sheets, lined, pp. one through six 10 1/2x8, pp. seven through fourteen 14x8 1/2. Approx 2554 words. Signed at end of last page "F.W. Benteen. Bvt. Brig. General, U.S. Army."
Written on one side of paper except: (a) on reverse of page 6, the title repeated and "mem. Just 20 years ago I was where Custer City, S.D. now is, watching Spotted Tail's Band of Brute Sioux trying to "pan out" gold there." (b) note to the editor on reverse of last page. There is another note to the editor at the top of page six.
10Hunting the Southern Cheyennes in the Spring of 1869 From Medecine Bluff Creek to El Llano Estacado Ten (10? numbered sheets, lined, 14x8 1/2. approx. 1878 words. Signed at end of page ten, "F.W. Benteen, Bvt. Brig. Gen., U.S. Army."
Written on one side of paper with exception of note to the editor on reverse of page ten. This page carries a different title: "From Medicine Bluff Creek, Indian Territory to Sweetwater Creek, Texas, Spring of 1869." It is possible that the author used this page to complete an article after beginning another, although it was never numbered as "1".
10From the Missouri River to the Yellowstone in 1873 Six (6) numbered sheets, lined, 14x8 1/2, approx. 1395 words written on one side of paper, signed at end of last page: F.W. Benteen. Bvt. Brig. Genl. U.S. Army
10Duck shooting. A Red Letter Day for the United States Springfield Carbine, In Montana Ter. 1877. Five (5) numbered sheets, lined, 10 1/2x8. approx 727 words. Signed at end of last page: "F.W. Benteen. Bvt. Brig. Genl. U.S. Army
Note to editor on margin of page one. Written on one side of paper except for signed note to editor on reverse of last page.
11Picknic-ing-or Pickwicking-For 23 Days in the Indian Territory in Spring or early summer of 1885. Six (6) numbered sheets lined, 10 1/2x8, approx 1010 words. Signed at end of last page: F.W. Benteen, Bvt. Brig. Gen. U.S. Army
Written on one side of paper. Explanatory notes on margin of page 6.
11Shooting canvas back ducks in Colorado and Montana 1870-1877. Six (6) numbered sheets, lined, 10 1/2x8, approx 1212 words. Signed at end of last page: F.W. Benteen, Bvt. Brig. Genl. U.S.A."
Written on one side of paper. Pencilled explanatory note at top of page 5. Notation at top of page two: "Retained. Copied and altered to be sent off." This may indicate that this MS was the original of "Duck Shooting...", of similar content.
11Little Big Horn, M.T. June 25-26-1876 Twenty-five numbered sheets, lined, 10 1/2x8, approx 3842 words
Written on one side of "paper. No notations. No signature.
This (item 13 above) has been published, originally by E.A. Brininstool of Los Angeles, but is included here, for the purpose of keeping completed original mss together)
11Cavalry scraps, Gen. F. W. Benteen, U.S. Army
 

Series 6: Benteen Family Documents and Correspondence

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21Single sheet, double fold, 3 pages. Holograph letter, ink, from Henry R. Norman to daughter. Signed, January 20, 1833
1Single sheet, print and inked data, single sheet, one page. Certificate of marriage of Henry R. Norman and Elizabeth Lowry, June 10, 1833
1Single sheet, double fold, two pages. Holograph certification of marriage of Fredreck W. Benteen and Kate L. Norman, January 7, 1862
1Single sheet, one page. Printed certification of membership of F.W. Benteen in the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, August 26, 1871
1July 8, 1876
1Single sheet, double fold, four pages, signed. Holograph letter in ink on letterhead of Office of the Board of Machine Guns, from F.W. Benteen to "Eu." Personal letter-signed "Fred", August 24, 1882
1Two sheets, single pages typed. Application for pension, and record of military service of FW Benteen-Signed in ink by Catherine L. Benteen, February 15, 1904
1Two sheets, single pages typed. A true copy. Concurrence in request for pension and comments on FW Benteen's military carreer by J.F. Weston and James. H. Wilson, November 9, 1904
1Two sheets, single pages typed. Concurrence in request for pension and comments on military career of F.W. Benteen, by Ezra B. Fuller. A true copy, November 26, 1904
1Two sheets, single pages typed, on letterhead of the Adjutant General's Office, State of Texas, Austin. Signed in ink, L.R. Hare, Major U.S. Army, December 12, 1904
Describes and commends conduct of F.W. Benteen at the battle of the Little Big Horn. RARE SIGNATURE
1Two sheets, single pages typed, on letterhead of the Department of Street Cleaning, New York. Signed in ink, F.M. Gibson. Captain U.S.A., December 21, 1904
Cites military record of F.W. Benteen and also favorable consideration of Mrs. Benteen's pension. RARE SIGNATURE
1Half sheet, halograph in ink on one side, name in ink on reverse. Record of birth and death of Henry R. Norman and Elizabeth Lowrey Norman, not dated
1Photostat. Deed: T.C. Benteen from Blick. v.14, p. 426, 1844
1Photostat-Deed: Morgan from T.C. Benteen v.16-P. 244, 1847
1Portion of card index from Maj. Benteen to Miss Anita Benteen
 

Series 7: Photographs and documents

Because of the importance of the General's notations and descriptions that appear on much of the surfaces of the photographs, two measurements are given so as to protect the original appearance. Thus, "2x4" on "4x6" indicates that a photograph measuring two by four inches has been mounted on a four by six inch backing. "Face" means the front of the photograph and "reverse" means back. "Nothing on face" indicates no additions by the General; all references to additions refer only to those made by him, unless otherwise noted.
Where the date of the making of the photograph can be established, it is given directly after the measurement, followed by the name of the photographer, where available.
Titles of the Photographs are generally those given by the General, and are not in every instance the entire caption.
The General's portraits, unless taken in a group with other officers, are listed under "Benteen Family"



Subseries 7a: Military Groups and Locations

BoxFolder
22Soule Train of the 7th Cavalry crossing the Arkansas at Fort Dodge, Ks. Note and signature on face. Signature on reverse, 1869 ( 4 3/4x7 on 10x12 )
3Soule Cheyenne & Arapaho camp, Canadian River. 5 miles below Camp Supply T.T. Note and signature on face. Signature on reverse, 1869 ( 4 3/4x8 on 10x12 )
4Soule Camp, 7th Cavalry, 10 mile below Fort Dodge on Arkansas River Kansas Note and two signatures on face. Signature on reverse, 1868 ( 5x8 on 10x12 )
5Soule Trailers used by Gen. Custer's comn and in campaign against Indians. Note and signature on face and also on reverse, 1868-69 ( 5x8 on 10x12 )
6Soule Officers of the 7th U.S. Cavalry. Fort Dodge, Ks. Note and 29 identifications and signature on face. Signature on reverse, October 1868 ( 5 1/4x8 on 10x12 )
7Soule Fort Dodge, Ks. on the Arkansas River. C.O.s quarters of stone. Notes and signature on face. Signature on reverse, Spring of 1869 ( 5 1/2x8 1/4 on 10x12 )
8Savage Fort Douglas, Utah. Group of Officers mess at Capt. Baker quarters. Notes on face. Identifications and notes cover reverse side, May 3, 1887 ( 9 1/2x11 3/4 )
9Barry Reno Survivors at Custer Battlefield. Comment and Signature on reverse, June 25, 1886 ( 6 1/2x9 1/8 on 6 3/4x9 3/4 )
10C.O.s house. Fort Rice, D.T. Goff. Notes and title (same removed) on face. Identification and comment covers reverse ( 5 5/8x8 3/8 on 7 3/4x9 3/4 )
11Fort Dodge Soule Soldier's quarters, Ft. Dodge, Ks. Comment and signature on face, comment and signature on reverse, 1808 ( 4 5/8x8 on 9 7/8 x12 )
12Ft. Dodge Ks. Sutter's Layout, Ft. Dodge, Ks. Title, identifications and signature on face. Comment and signature on reverse, 1868 ( 5 1/2x7 3/4 on 9 7/8x12 )
13Ft. A. Linclon. N.D. D.F. Barry Ft. A. Lincoln N. Dak. Title and comment on face. Reverse side completely covered with holograph history of Ft. Lincoln, with signature ( 7 1/8x9 3/8 on 7 7/8x9 7/8 )
14Fort Sill. Indian Territory. Nothing on face. Title and identification on reverse. no signature ( 4 3/8x7 5/8 on 5x8. )
15S.S. Massey (presentation signed) "Bannocks" at Fort Douglas, Utah. Nothing on face. Title and identification and signature on reverse, March 1887 ( 3 7/8x4 3/4 on 4 1/4x6 1/2 )
161st Lt Solon Massey (studio F.I. Monsen). Soldiers, civilians & Indians, Capt. Bakers qtrs. Fort Douglas, Utah Nothing on face. Data, identification and signature on reverse, May 1, 1887 ( 4 7/8x7 5/8 on 5 1/2x8 1/2 )



Subseries 7b: Indians

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217D.F. Barry Gall. Nothing on face. Comment and signature on reverse ( 5 5/8x10 7/8 on 5 3/8x11 7/8 )
18Soule Awn Cope Kicking Bird of the Kionas. Fort Dodge, Kansas. Title, data and signature on front. Reverse filled with data and signature, 1868 ( 4 3/4x7 1/4 on 7 7/8x10 )
19Barry Rain in the Face. Nothing on face. Signature on reverse ( 6 1/2x8 7/8 on 6 3/4x9 3/4 )
20Barry Sitting Bull's House and Family. Nothing on face. Date and signature on reverse, 1886 ( 7 7/8x9 7/8 on 8 x 10 )
21Soule Cheyenne squaws & pappooses captured at the Battle of the Washita. Ft. Dodge Title, data and signature on face. Signature on reverse, December 1868 ( 5 1/4x7 3/4 on 9 7/8x11 7/8 )
22Soule Teepee made of tanned Bison hide and photo of Little Shield, Arkansas River Description, identification and signature on face. Data and signature on reverse, 1869 ( 5 1/4x8 on 9 7/8x11 7/8 )
22Presentation signed by Barry. Group of portraits of five Indians plus Sitting Bull's camp. Barry's presentation to FWB on face. On reverse, date at top, data and comment, with signature, covers entire back, February 16, 1895 ( 8x9 7/8 on 11 7/8x14 1/4 )
OS Folder
1AMisc. Native American portraits (1 sheet), 1895 Feb. 16



Subseries 7c: Portraits, Military

BoxFolder
224Zimmerman, St. Paul 1st Lieut George D. Wallace, Adjt. Seventh Cavalry Identification on face. Data and note on reverse ( 4x5 1/2 on 4 1/4x6 1/2 )
25O.S. Goff-Fort A Lincoln 2d Lieut. Ezra P. Fuller 7th cavalry. Class 1873 MA. Nothing on face. Identification on reverse, 1876 ( 3 7/8x5 3/4 on 4 1/4x6 1/2 )
26Mamie Merrill (Mrs. Hugh L. Scott) 7th Cavalry Nothing on face. Identification and data on reverse ( 3 7/8x5 7/8 on 4 1/4x6 1/2. )
27Sarony, N.Y. 1st Lieut E. Garlington. 7th Cavalry. (autographed) Nothing on face, dates and data on reverse, 1881 ( 4x5 7/8 on 4 1/4x6 1/2. )
28Fort Rice, Dakota. Pvt. Joseph Way, H. Company, 7th Cavalry. Nothing on face. Identification and data on reverse, 1873 ( 4x5 3/4 on 4 1/4x6 1/2. )
29Scholl-Philadelphia Lt. Col. Fletcher, 2 d U.S. Infty. curd Capt. R.N. Price, class 1870, M.A. Nothing on face. Comment and identification on reverse, April 1, 1880 ( 4 1/4x5 7/8 on 4 1/4x6 3/8 )
30Barry Capt. Tom McDougall. Nothing on face. Identification and comment on reverse ( 3 3/4x5 1/2 on 4 1/4x6 3/8. )
31Barlow & Hatch, Janesville, Wisc. Theo. W. Goldin. Troop "6" 7th Cavalry. Nothing on face. Presentation holograph in ink on reverse by Goldin, 1895 ( 3 3/4x5 3/8 on 5x7 1/8 )
32Barry "Comanche", held by McGinis of TroopI, Seventh Cavalry. Identification on face. Data and signature on reverse ( 3 3/4x5 1/2 on 4 1/4x6 3/8. )



Subseries 7d: Benteen Family

BoxFolder
233Barry (Gen) Frederick W. Benteen U.S.A. Nothing on face and reverse ( 3 13/16x5 1/2 on 4 1/4x6 1/2. )
34Gentile, Chicago Brevet Brigadier General F.W. Benteen, U.S. Army Identification & signature on face. Date, memo and signature on reverse, 1879 ( 3 7/8x6 1/4x4 1/8x6 1/2 )
35Barry (Gen.) Frederick W. Benteen Nothing on face and reverse ( 3 1/2x5 1/4 on 7 7/8x10 7/8 )
36Cabinet folder. Civil war photograph of Captain Frederick W. Benteen, 10th Missouri Cavalry. Nothing on face or reverse, 1861 ( 3 3/4x5 1/2 on 7x10 )
37Atwood & Montgomery, New York Outdoor group: General and Mrs. Benteen and son, Frederick. Nothing on face or reverse ( 3 1/8x4 1/2 on 4 1/8x6 3/8 )
38Outdoor group: Col. F.W. Benteen and son. Nothing on face. Identification and signature on reverse. Evidently taken at some time as item (41) above, 1883 ( 4 3/8x7 7/8 on 5 1/4x8 1/2 )
39Monument to General and Mrs. Benteen. No markings on photograph ( 6x7 7/8 on 9 7/8x12. )



Subseries 7e: Portraits, Union

BoxFolder
240General Nathaniel Lyons. Nothing on face or reverse ( 2 1/2x3 3/4 )
41Gentile, Chicago Lieut. General Philip H. Sheridan. Nothing on face. Identification on reverse ( 3 3/4x5 3/4 on 4 1/8x6 1/2 )



Subseries 7f: Scrapbook

In forming this scrapbook, a ledger was used, approximately 12 5/8" by 7 3/4", originally with marbled covers and numbered lined pages. On the front of the ledger the General drew the design of the Seventh Cavalry and lettered the title "Some of the Reminiscences of Camp and Field." The scrapbook is in very poor condition, and some of the items listed elsewhere may have once been included in it. A listing of the contents follows, paged according to the General's notations and not to the original printed numerals. Material of comparatively lesser historical importance is not described in detail. The abbreviation of CW indicates reference to the War Between the States, and Track identifies material concerning race-meets. General Benteen will be referred to as B.
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242Back of front cover: clippings of C.W., including orders re "Women of the Town", distances & monetary value. Recipes. Autograph of General Alfred H. Terry laid in
42Double-fold, three-page, 1 sheet holograph letter, signed; dated from Gen. Emory Upton, U.S.A. to Col. F.W. Benteen. Two signatures (pencil) of B added below, June 26th, 1865
42Clipping; (CW) "The Late Campaign in Missouri"-Gen. John B. Sanborn's official report, 11-13-64
42Also (CW) Gen. John McNeil's official report on pursuit of steeling Price, 11-23-64
42Also (CW) Col. E.F. Winslow's official report action at the Big Blue River. Also Colonel Benteen's Report (clipping) 11-3164, of same section. Also clipping on action at Marais des Cygnes. In corner, in B's pencilled hand, "Battle of the Washita", 10-23-64
42Clipping: (CW) The Late Campaign in Missouri. Official report of Col. John F. Phillips, on action at Big Blue. In corner, in B's pencilled hand, "Battle of the Oaage on Mine Creek. Mine Creek Mine Creek Mine Creek. Mine Cree.", 11-17-64
42Official print. General Orders no. 6. congfatulates B. Signed for General Pleasanton by Yates (later capt. 7th Cavalry.) Official print. General Orders N.D. 11. Congratulatory order to B. Signed for AAAG Clifford Thompson by Geo. W. Yates. Also, 1-col clipping of Gen. Pleasanton's report, 10-26-64 11-31-64 11-30-64
42Also clipping: General Orders No. 220. on campaign against Gen. Price. In margin, B's notation in ink: "mem. Pleasanton was just 4 miles from the scene of the fight", 12-8-64
42Clippings (CW). At the end of one; "Colonel Benteen on the Report of Colonel Phillips", B has noted in ink at the foot: "mem. Grand mistake to publish this." (Eight)
42Clippings, (CW) and family. On and under one, concerning prize corn grown by his father, J.C. Benteen, B has written in ink: "2 grains off. 1868-mem. The "old man" is proud of that corn." Also (official print) congratulatory farewell of Gen. E. Upton, General Orders No. 21, June 10, 1865 (Four)
42Official print. Congratulatory farewell of Gen. J.H. Wilson. General Orders No. 39, Also clippings: compliments to B. Col. Phillip's Tirade against Negro Race, and poem "Bride". On margins of latter, B has written in ink: "Who is it that cannot read this with profit?", July 2, 1865 (three)
42Clippings (CW). Full page relating to explosion of steamer Marie with B and troops aboard, "mistake" noted in ink by B
42Clippings. Destruction of steamer "Marie", postal items and Missouri troops at Vicksburg. "B" has noted in ink: "Benteen's old company" and "Col. Benteen's Regiment." (4)
42Clippings. military and receipt. Also, official print. Special Field Orders No. 22, Announcement of Armistice and troop commendation-notice of receipt in ink by B, April 22nd 1865 (3)
42Clipping (CW) List of members of Confederate Congress, also, official print. Special Field Orders No. 16. Congratulatory orders of Gen. Winslow. B. has noted in ink "official" on each, April 7th 1865
42Double-fold, three pages, one sheet holograph letter dated, to B from Gen. Sheridan. Personal. signed. Single sheet, one page holograph letter dated to B. from Gen. E. Upton. signed. clippings, general, February 28, 1870 June 26th, 1865 (two)
highly congratulatory
42Ink sketches by Captain Louis MacLain Hamilton of Custer. Coates, Moylen and a "striker", an unknown figure, and a monogram. Titles and comments in ink by B. Also, three clippings; portrait, obituary and monument (Six)
42Fragment; approx 4 3/8x7 3/4", on original ledger sheet. Copy in ink, by B of Gen. Pleasanton's concurrence with the recommendation of the governor of Missouri for B's promotion. Dated St. Louis, Mo., November 25th, 1864
42Reverse of above. Copy in ink, by B, of Mayor James Thomas', St. Louis, request to the President of the U.S. to confer the rank of Brigadier General upon B. Dated: St. Louis, November 25th 1865
42Clippings. (CW) Full page. Wilson's Raid in Missouri
42Clippings. (CW) Full page. Wilson's Raid in Missouri
42Clippings. (CW) Full page. Wilson's Raid in Missouri
42Clippings. (CW) continuance and conclusion of above. B's corrections and comments in ink. Also, clipping on "Seven wonders of the world, with B's comments in ink on outside margin
42Official Print. Special Field Order No. 20, dated. General Wilson's order against pillaging by troops. (Also, military clipping) clipping-Diehl's letter to Cheag. Tiones, on Gen. Miles' campaign against the Nez Perces. B's comments in ink adjoining, April 11, 1865 5 November 1877
42Clipping (CW). The Selma Union-vol 1-No. 1-(Capture of Selma, Ala.)
Apparently the U.S. Army took over the publishing.
42Three-page, double-fold, single sheet holograph letter signed, on official letterhead, signed, dated Milwaukee, concerning a history to be published. To B from R.H. Hunt, staff of Genl Curtis, July 3rd, 18—
42Clipping. On propagation of trout. B noted in red ink: "Trout."
42Clippings. On plantings. B's comments in red and black ink
42Clippings. On plantings. no notations
42Clippings. On plantings. No notations
42Clippings. Artificial trout breeding. no notations
42Clippings. (In margin, B' wrote in ink, (mem.) that he has attempter this, but failed because of lack of such data.), May 1866
42Clippings. Sheep husbandry, and a poem: "Benny."
42Clippings. Culture of Roses, illustration. Poem: "May Evening" also-obituary notice of Mrs. Caroline Benteen, and a pressed spray of ivy, taken, according to B's inked notes surrounding it, from his mother's grove on Christmas, December 25, 1886
42Clipping. Agricultural notes
42Clippings. General interest
42Clipping. "From the Plains." by Judge Wm. Thomas, 1867
An interesting account of a buffalo hunt in Kansas. B is frequently mentioned, and has underlined and commented in ink.
42Clippings, with B's underlineations and name in ink. Also, a clipping on "The Public Lands"
42Clippings. Page dated. Accounts of the General's illness and death. Also clippings of the death of Miss Henrietta Benteen, age 17, (not attached) F.D. Benteen, music publisher, and note of preceding death of his son, June 18, 1898
42Clippings. Rites for General Bentee
42Clippings. "Winning stables. Fragment from "Bismarck Tribune", acknowledgement of photograph by same from D.F. Barry, and notice of graduation of F.W. Benteen, Jr. from Chicago Veterinary College, 1872 (4)
42In B's hand, in ink, a receipt for horse liniment, accredited to Major La Motte, 13th Inf. and dated. Also a fragment of the form for officer of the Day Report. CW, January 3, 1873
42Clippings (Track) From "Spirit of the Times" (S.T.). With notes in margin by B in ink, 1872
42Clippings (Track) From "Spirit of the Times" (S.T.), with notes by B in ink, 1872
42Clippings (Track) From "Spirit of the Times" (S.T.), 1872
42Clippings (Track) From "Spirit of the Times" (S.T.), 1872
42Clippings (Track) From "Spirit of the Times" (S.T.). no notations, 1872
42Clippings (Track) From "Spirit of the Times" (S.T.). notes in ink by B, 1872
42Clippings (Track) From "Spirit of the Times" (S.T.). no notations, 1872
42Clippings (Track) From "Spirit of the Times" (S.T.), 1872
42Clippings (Track) From "Spirit of the Times" (S.T.). notes in ink by B, 1872
42Clippings (Track) From "Spirit of the Times" (S.T.), 1872
42Clippings (Track) From "Spirit of the Times" (S.T.), 1872
42Clippings (Track) From "Spirit of the Times" (S.T.), 1872
42Clippings (Track) From "Spirit of the Times" (S.T.), 1872
42Clippings (Track) From "Spirit of the Times" (S.T.), 1872
42Clippings (Track) From "Spirit of the Times" (S.T.), 1872
42Clippings (Track) From "Spirit of the Times" (S.T.), 1872
42Clippings (Track) From "Spirit of the Times" (S.T.). No notation, 1872
42Clippings (Track) From "Spirit of the Times" (S.T.). No notation. poem "Larry O'Dee", 1872
42Clipping. To the Kansas City Times. "Scorching Reno". An article signed by "An Army Officer", excoriating Reno's report of the battle of '76
42Clippings. Account and poem re Fred Benteen's Antelope hunt. Also, a poem "Brave Benteen". Also, a poem, "Benteen". Notes in ink by B (3)
42Clippings. "General Sherman's Advice" (to young officers) Also, two poems (3)
42Clippings. Includes a parady by B. after Pope, a burlesque upon Major Merril (7th) and standard others (7)
42Clippings Miscellaneous (4)
42Clippings. Poems. At the top of one: "A Reminiscence", B has written in ink: "The most perfect poem in the English language!" (3)
42Clippings. "Indian Traditions" and "The United State Indian Commission. B wrote in ink: "Wyncoop on Indians" (2)
42Clippings. "The Indian War". Above the title B has written in ink: "96-97" Keim-Cor. N.Y. Herald" and in the left lower corner: "Wyncoop is hunting a better berth than the one he threw up.'quien Sabe'?"
42Clippings. Also: "General Sheridan-moves to Fort Cobb". Also: "Letter from Gen. Sheridan to Gen. Sherman." Continued-underlinings and note by B. in ink, 1868
42Clippings, Also, by Keim, "The Indian War", dispatch dated December 19, 1868, but clipping dated in print. Notes in ink by B, January 5, 1869
42Clippings. "The Indian War". Also poem: "Burial of Grant." Notations in ink by B
42Clippings. "The Indian War", Also, "News from Custer (Washita Battle). Report of General Custer. Notations by B. in ink
42Clippings. Also "Extent of the Oceans. (Some earlier pencilling (evidently CW) appears on the page not covered by the later added clippings. Also: "The Battle of the Washita"
This is the famous account of the Battle written by the General. It was sent to his friend, who published it, and that resulted in the well-known "show down" between Custer and FWB.
42Clippings. Conclusion of "The Battle of the Washita". Investigation into the death of Hamilton (Washita) demanded. Also: Leut Gen'ls. First Order (mil Dir. of Mo. 1869), Military News. (In the centre of this page appears one vignette of the 7th Cavalry Insigne, with his name, done in ink by the General.), 1869
42This page is covered with "doodling" by B, in pencil & ink
42Inside of back cover: Apparently there was first pasted an illustration from Petersons Magazine for 1864, sketch entitled "chased by the Loves". Above it is written in pencil by B "Old Fort Hays, Kansas, below an undecipherable line due to over-pasting. About the border are the inevitable of his regiment, and various sums. Over all this is pasted an illustration from "Frank Leakies' Illustrated Newspaper", depicting the Battle of the Washita. Over and about it are set in ink the comments of the General. It is in ink the comments of the General. Superimposed over all is one sheet of a "Kiowa Dictionary" set forth in the General's hand in ink, including his Indian Soubriquet", June 19th, 1866
42DESCRIPTION OF FOUR PAGES OF THE SCRAPBOOK THAT CANNOT BE DEFINITELY LOCATED AS TO SEQUENCE IN THE VOLUME
42Clippings. (CW) Raid of the 10th MO. Cavalry. Plus items relating to the death of Col. Cornyn. Also, one 50cent bill of Confederate Currency. In the upper right margin, copied in ink by B, an extract from Col. Cornyn's report of B's participation in battle of Iuka (6)
42One page holograph, signed, receipt by General G.M. Dodge of confiscated CSA funds delivered to him by Maj. Benteen. Clippings. An attempt to murder Col Benteen in Georgia, June 22, 1863
42Official Print. Circular (No. 15) by Command of Gen. Terry regarding treatment for epizootic in animals. Also-one page holograph letter, signed, dated, from Gen. Hurlbut to Gen. Smith announcing sending of Cavalry Regt. (Benteens). In margin, note in ink by B. Also, attached and much faded, an autograph of P.H. Sheridan, Genl. USA. In lower left corner, in ink, by B. the following: "Sheridan, Sheridan, Cavalry Sheridan, him of the horse & Sabre I sing!", 10/29/75 July 28, 1864
42One page holograph letter, signed to Col Benteen from Genl. Wilson. Also, card superimposed with salutation; Alfred Gibbs; (Genl.) Maj. 7th Cavalry. Also, superimposed, clipping. Announcement of death of Carrie E., daughter of Kate L. and Fredrick W. Benteen, age one year, eight mo. Also, poem, and editorial comment on debate: Capt. Burdett vs Col. Phillips, October 28, 1865
 

Series 8: Manuscripts and material from Col. W.A. Graham, U.S.A.

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31Manuscript, fastened between paper covers. On front cover, in ink by Col. Graham: The Story of the Little Big Horn. Typed draft. 118 typed sheets, one side only, with corrections in ink by Col. Graham, pre 1926
1Typed copy of "General Benteen's Narrative no. 2". 11 sheets, one side. Eleven pages
with pencilled notations evidently by Major Benteen.
1Typed copy of "Benteen's Narrative". Eight sheets, one side. Eight pages, with inked notation by Colonel W.A. Graham with his typed acknowledgement and signature, dated. Evidently prepared from item 2 above. Fastened between covers of folder, on front cover of which is written in ink: "Benteen's Narrative no. 2", May 1, 1924
1Typed copies of certain letter from General Benteen to Mrs. Benteen. These evidently prepared by Major Benteen, as follows: (a) Steamer "Far West", mouth of the Big Horn and Yellowstone Rivers. Two sheets, one side only, (b) Camp 7th Cavalry. Yellowstone River opposite mouth of Big Horn River, Montana. Six sheets, one side only, evidently not complete. (c) Steamer "Far West". Mouth of Yellowstone and Rosebud. (d) Steamer "Far West". Sunday, Yellowstone. Opposite Rosebud. One sheet, one side only, July 2nd, 1876 July 4th, 1876 July 23rd. 1876 July 24th, 1876 July 25th, 1876 July 30th, 1876
1Typed letter, one sheet, one side only. Dated Washington DC. To Major F.W. Benteen, October 5, 1922
concerning Custer's message to Benteen. Signed in ink: W.A. Graham, Lt. Col. J.A. U.S.A.
1Typed letter, one sheet, one side only. Dated Pacific Palisades, California. To Miss Benteen, 22 October, 1951
concerning guardianship of Major Benteen. Signed in ink: W.A. Graham.
1Typed letter, one sheet, one side only. Dated Pacific Palisades, California. To Miss Benteen, 1 November, 1951
concerning guardianship of Major Benteen, and requests to publish manuscripts. Signed in ink: W.A. Graham.
 

Series 9: Correspondence on E.A. Brininstool

This section is comprised generally of letters exchanged between E.A. Brininstool, writer and newspaper reporter of Los Angeles, California, and certain descendants of General Benteen. Associated correspondence is also included. All letters are typed, and no typing appears on the reverse of the sheets listed. Signatures are in ink, as signed.
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32Los Angeles Calif. 2 sheets. To Major F.W. Benteen from E.A. Briminstool. Signed, April 25, 1929
2Atlanta, Georgia 2 sheets. To E.A. Briminstool from F.W. Briminstool from F.W. Benteen, Maj. U.S.A. Retired. Signed. This is a copy. Written in ink at top of first sheet: "Read by me: Wm. R. Dashiell, Col. Retired. Read by me: Staff Ggt. H. Short, U.S.A.", January 28, 1930
2Atlanta. 2 sheets (copy of above letter) written in ink in upper left corner of first sheet "Copy no. 2". No other markings-no signature, January 28, 1930
2Washington, D.C. Two sheets. From W.V. Ghent to E.A. Brininstool. Signed. Comments in pencil and ink, evidently by Mr. Brininstool, February 17, 1930
2Los Angeles. One sheet. To Major F.W. Benteen from E.A. Brininstool. Signed, November 27, 1932
2Atlanta. One sheet. To E.A. Brininstool from F.W. Benteen (Major) copy, typed signature, March 2, 1933
2Washington D.C. One sheet. To Mr. Falconer from W.J. Ghent. Marginal note, underlining and "copy in ink in margin. Typed signature, June 5, 1933
2San Francisco, California. One sheet. To E.A. Brininstool from Robert E. Strahorn. Copy, so identified by typed note with explanation evidently by F.A.B. Typed signature, July 31, 1933
2Los Angeles. One sheet. To Col. F.W. Benteen from E Brininstool. Signed, February 16, 1934
2Hollywood, California. Postal card. To Colonel Benteen from E.A. Brininstool. Signed, November 20, 1934
2Binghampton, New York. Two sheets. To Colonel Fredrick W. Benteen from Lt. Col. Floyd D. McSean. Signed, January 8, 1935
2Los Angeles. One sheet. To Col. F.W. Benteen from E.A. Brininstool. Signed, September 26, 1936
2Hollywood, California. Two sheets. To Col. F.W. Benteen from E.A. Brininstool. Signed, October 12, 1938
2Hollywood. One sheet. To Col. F.W. Benteen from E.A. Brininstool. Signed, June 20, 1942
2Los Angeles. Two sheets. To Mrs. Anita Benteen from E.A. Brininstool. Signed, August 17, 1949
2Los Angeles One sheet. To Mrs. Benteen from E.A. Brininstool. Signed, August 23, 1949
2Los Angeles. Two sheets. To Miss Benteen from E.A. Brininstool. Signed, August 30, 1949
2Los Angeles. One sheet. To Miss Benteen from E.A. Brininstool. Signed, September 1, 1949
2Los Angeles. One sheet. To Miss Benteen from E.A. Brininstool. Signed, September 9, 1949
2Los Angeles. One sheet. To Miss Benteen from E.A. Brininstool. Signed, September 15, 1949
2Manila envelope, War Department official, dated, November 15, 1938
It originally contained copies of letters to Mr. Brininstool, refusing rights to publish the General's letters to Goldin, listed herein.. In it have been placed five envelopes numbered to correspond with contents as given in this listing, one stamped and self-addressed envelope, unused, and one envelope, post-marked Los Angeles, Calif, December 5, 1951, addressed by Mr. Brininstool to Miss Anita Benteen. The contents of this envelope cannot be identified with any of the material in the collection.
 

Series 10: Newspaper accounts and clippings

BoxFolder
33Tribune and undated others, July 9, 1874 and July 12, 1874
3"Black Hills Expedition". Clippings pasted to both sides of a sheet from a large scrapbook. Included is an account of an earlier expedition (1865). FWB notes in ink that he furnished the documents for this
3Continuation of above on one side only of large scrapbook sheet, with names of Tom McDougall and Ben Hodgson written in ink in margin by FWB
3Pencilled in by FWB "Origin of the officers U.S. Army", 1875 December 4, 1875
3St. Louis. "The Indian War" comment on Battle of Little Big Horn, 1876
3Kansas City Times. "Military Massacre". News of the Battle of LBH, July 8 1876
3The Pioneer Press. St. Paul and Minneapolis, May 19. "A Famous Regiment". History of Seventh Cavalry. In ink at top of page: J.D.M. FWB (in large capitals), 1878
3The Denver Sunday Post. Large Double page. "Custer's Bloody Battle on the Washita and the culminating Tragedy On the Little Big Horn." (Hall). "Mrs. F.W. Benteen" in ink at top, August 12, 1900
3Philadelphia Weekly Times. "Rosecrans and Grant" by Genl' Alfred Pleasanton, August 13, 1881
3Army and Navy Journal. Fragment of reported interview with Sitting Bull at Fort Yates, August 13, 1881
3The Kansas City Times. February-"Prices March Through Missouri" with comment in ink by FWB, 1884
3Atlanta-3rd "The Wild West. Colonel Benteen, the Indian Fighter Talks", 1889
3(After)-Sketch of western actions written to Montgomery M. Folsom, 1890
3Atlanta Constitution. "Capt. Fred and the Grizzly Bear" by "Labreur". Account of experience of son, Major Benteen, November 18 1894
3The New York Press. Full page and photo. "Fighting with Reno on the Little Big Horn", (by Wm. Morris), May 9, 1897
3The Atlanta Journal, "Brave Old Benteen: a Southern Federal. Photo, May 24, 1897
3Atlanta Constitution. "General Benteen Buried Yesterday", June 24, 1898
3(a) Atlanta— "General Benteen, Warrior, is Dead". pinned to this is: (b) "Death of Gen. F.W. Benteen (—Evening Post), June 22, 1898
3Atlanta Constitution. "Gen. Benteen to be Buried Today." photo, June 23, 1898
3Atlanta Constitution. First page, headlines of action in Cuba. Troops land, June 24, 1898
3St. Louis Post Dispatch — "First News story of Custer Massacre put on Wires Nine Days After Battle.", 1926
3The Greenville (S.C.) News. "Survivor of Custer's Stand Tells of Old Days in the West". (M.C. Greene). Major Benteen has noted in pencil at top of page: "Greene not listed in Regt returns of wounded.", December 16, 1926
3Winners of the West. (Entire issue) "The Custer Fight" (Capt. Benteen's Own Story), September 28, 1944
3Typed copy-Weekly Atlanta Intelligence. "Outrageous Attempt at Murder-Horse Stolen." Two sheets, one side of each, single spaced, May 9, 1866
Account of attack and robbery against Col. Benteen
 

Series 11: Publications relating to Indian War

BoxFolder
34Sanborn, General (John B.) "The Campaign in Missouri in September and October 1864" ( 14.5x21.5 cm )
No place, no date, 61 pages, paper covers. Front cover detached and torn, with inscription in ink "---'mpliments of-B. Sanburn." FWB's comments in pencil and ink on pages throughout.
4At one time attached to this item, and therefore included "with it, an envelope, stamp missing, enclosing a letter dated, June 26, 1889
from R. I. Holcombe, card and return postage included, requesting information on Gen. Sanborn. FWB has noted in ink on the letter his receipt and acknowledgement, with comment. One galley sheet of proposed book by Holcombe also included.
4Dustin, Fred, "The Custer Fight" paper covers, privately printed, Hollywood, 1936 ( 14.5x20.5 cm. )
4Graham, Col. W.A. Edited by E.A. Brininstool "Major Reno Vindicated" 30 pages. paper covers, limited edition, Hollywood, 1935 ( 13.5x20. cm. )
On front cover in ink, apparently by Major Benteen: "Recd. July 28, 1936, 4 Casanova Dr."
4Brininstool, E.A. (Edited By) "The Custer Fight. Captain Benteen's Story". 36 pages, paper covers, Hollywood, 1933 ( 14x20 cm. )
No. 11 of 500 autographed copies (Brininstool). On front cover in ink, evidently by Major Benteen: "F.W. Benteen, Lt. Col, U.S.A. Retd".
5Brininstool, E.A. "Dull Knife", 31 pages, paper covers. Hollywood, 1935 ( 14x20.5 cm. )
One of 250 autographed copies.
5Brininstool, E.A. and others. "Chief Crazy Horse, His Career and Death", 78 pages, Illustrated Paper covers. Lincoln, Neb. Nebraska History Magazine, Vol. XII, No. 1, 1929 January-March, 1929 ( 15.5x3.5 cm. )
In ink on front cover: "To Major F.W. Benteen, compliments of E.A. Brininstool.
5Bruce, Robert (Editor). Extracts from "Motor Travel" Magazine. Pages numbered as follows: 13 through 18 inclusive, 15 through 20 inclusive, June 1926 July 1926 ( 23x30.5 cm. )
Articles and photographs relating to battle of the Little Bighorn 1876. Enclosed in envelope addressed to General Edward S. Godfrey.
5Roe, Charles Francis "Custer's Last Battle". paper covers, New York, 1927 ( 34x23 cm. )
7-9Benteen-Goldin letters
10Map Custer Battle
11Benken's Narrative of the Little Bighorn
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1 Forged in Fire and Fury; Fred Benteen's Civil War Michael Vander Boech