Frederick W. Benteen collection addendum

Frederick W. Benteen collection addendum

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Manuscripts
Title: Frederick W. Benteen collection addendum
Dates: 1833-1978
Quantity: 1.4 Linear feet (1 document box, 1 oversized box, 1 card file box, 1 oversize folder C)
Coll. Number: ms770a

Biographical/Historical Note

Frederick William Benteen was born in 1834 and died in 1898. He served in two major military campaigns - the first being the American Civil War, and the second being 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 during the Civil War

He later married Catherine L. Norman (1838-1906) in 1862 in St. Louis, Missouri. A year later, she gave birth to a daughter, but the child would not make it to her first year. During the Civil War, Frederick was awarded the ranks of major and then lieutenant colonel and commander of the 10th Missouri Cavalry.

After the war, he 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 Lieutenant Colonel George Armstrong Custer. He commanded Troop H. Benteen had a well known dislike of Custer. At Little Big Horn, his movements have been questioned as to if he abandoned Custer. During the battle, after Custer's battalion was destroyed, Benteen took control of the remaining troops.

After many years, 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 behind his wife and son.

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of photographs of family members and military friends of Frederick W. Benteen. His commission paper is included as well. It is dated 1864 November 23 and commissions him to brigadier general.

There is a bound, gilt-edged album of religious pictures. There is no personal or professional writing to be found within it. It appears undated.

There is an American flag that was used to drape the coffin of Mrs. Stephens Mitchell (Anita Benteen Mitchell) in 1978. Anita Benteen Mitchell was a granddaughter of Frederick W. Benteen. It is in good condition and folded in the traditional style.

The tattered American flag appears to be a 10th Missouri Cavalry flag, flown during the Civil War. It was donated after the initial gift in 1973.


Arranged by record type.

Index Terms

Benteen, Frederick William, 1834-1898. -- Family--Photographs
Benteen, Frederick William, 1834-1898. -- Friends and associates--Photographs
Benteen, Frederick William, 1834-1898. -- Photographs
Generals--United States--Photographs.
Military commissions.
Mitchell, Anita Benteen -- Death and burial
United States. Army. -- Officers--Photographs

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Frederick W. Benteen collection addendum. MS 770a. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

Related Material

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

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: Photographs

11Allen, Dr.
2Ballou, D.W.
3Barr, Sam
3ABell, James
4Benteen, Fredrick ( 6.0 images )
5Benteen Family Members ( 10.0 images )
7Braden, Lt.
8Bruns, Henry G.
9Caffine, [Louie?]
10Chase, Dr. and Daughter
11Cook, Cpt.
12Cook, Joe
13Cornyn, F.M. ( 2.0 images )
14Craycroft, W.T.
15Custer, Tom
16Davidson, J.W.
17[DeGraw, Dr.?]
18Degress, William I.
19English, Mr. and Mrs. Tom ( 2.0 images )
20Forsyth, James W.
21Ft. Harker, KS
22Fritz, Carl
23Fryer, B.E.
24Gibson, Katie
25Grant, U.S. ( 2.0 images )
25AGroup of Four Officers: Varnum, Bronson, Benteen, and Hodgson
26Hale, Joe
27Hale, Owen
28[Harrington, Mrs.?]
29Harron, Frank and Staff
30[Junnau?], Henry
31[Kuhe?], John
32Lincoln, Abraham ( 2.0 images )
33McGrath, John P.
34Merrill, Mamie and Nina Tilford (2)
35Norman, William H.
36Ohio River, Suspension Bridge
37Pennypacker, Gen.
38Richards, Capt. ( 2.0 images )
39Ricketts, Private
40Robbins, Sam
41Rosecrans, Gen.
42Roy, Stanislaus
43St. Louie [Louis?], Dr.
44Scott, Winfield
45Sherman, Williams T. ( 2.0 images )
46Sit-tan-ti (White Bear)
47Taylor, Donald
48Thompson, William
49Thompy ( 2.0 images )
50Tolman, W.F.
52Vance, D.M.
53Way, Joseph
54Williams, M.H.
55Wilson, James H.
56Unidentified ( 8.0 images )
57Commission Cerificate of Fredrick W. Benteen
21American Flag
3Photo Album
OS Folder
1CTattered American Flag