Henry B. Freeman diary

Henry B. Freeman diary

Dates: 1876

Materials include a photocopy of a typescript of the diary of Henry Freeman, officer in the 7th Cavalry Regiment of the United States Army, written during a campaign in the western United States during the American Indian wars. Includes his account of the Battle of Little Big Horn in eastern Montana where Lieutenant Colonel George A. Custer was killed and his army was defeated by the the Lakota, Northern Cheyenne, and Arapaho tribes. Dated March-October 1876.

  • Extent: 1 volume (32 leaves) ; 33 x 20 cm
  • Creator: Freeman, Henry B. (Henry Blanchard), 1837-1915
  • Call Number: MSS SC 1179
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; 19th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84602; http://sc.lib.byu.edu/
  • Access Restrictions: Open for public research.
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Location of Originals
According to a note written on the photocopy, the original journal is owned by Julie Freeman Carey.
Conditions of Use
It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from Henry B. Freeman diary must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.
Preferred Citation
Initial citation: MSS SC 1179; Henry B. Freeman diary; 19th Century Mormon and Western Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS SC 1179, LTPSC.
Custodial History
Provenance unknown.
Acquisition Information
Source of acqusition unknown.
Subject Terms
Politics, Government, and Law; Military; Little Bighorn, Battle of the, Mont., 1876--Personal narratives; Freeman, Henry B. (Henry Blanchard), 1837-1915; Freeman, Henry B. (Henry Blanchard), 1837-1915--Diaries
Genre / Form
Photocopies; Diaries
Army officers
Processing Information
Processed; Annie Day, student manuscript processor, and Ryan K. Lee, curator; 2015.
Appraisal Information
Utah and the American West cultural, social, and religious history (19th Century Mormon and Western Manuscripts collection development policy 1.V, November 2013.)
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Finding Aid Title
Freeman (Henry B.) diary
Finding Aid Author
Annie Day
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on 2015-09-09 14:21:41 -0600.
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Biographical Info:

Biographical History

Henry B. Freeman (1837-1915) was an officer in the United States Army who fought in the Civil War and served in the American West during the Indian Wars of the late nineteenth century.

Henry Blanchard Freeman was born on January 17, 1837 in Vernon, Ohio. He enlisted in the United States Army in 1855 at the age of 18. He served as a Union Soldier in the Civil War. In 1863, Freeman was brevetted captain for his "gallant and meritorious services in battle." He was captured and escaped from Libby prison twice before he was able to rejoin union forces in 1865. On the 26 April 1866, he married Sarah Darlington (1837-1927) and had one daughter, Julia Freeman.

In 1894, Henry B. Freeman was awarded the medal of honor for his bravery in the Civil War outlining his "distinguished galantry in the battle of Stone River." He served as a officer in the 7th Cavalry Regiment of the US Army during the American Indian Wars, the same regiment where George Armstrong Custer served at the time of the Battle of the Little Big Horn in eastern Montana. Freeman later served in Cuba and the Philipines before retiring in 1901.

Henry Blanchard Freeman died at Douglas, Wyoming on October 16, 1915 and was buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

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