Frederick William Benteen letters

Frederick William Benteen letters

Dates: 1876

Photostat copies of four handwritten and signed letters dated 2 July, 23 July, 24 July, and 30 July of 1876. Each item was addressed to Benteen's wife. Benteen writes about the Battle of the Little Bighorn, which took place on 25-26 June 1876, and his actions in the encounter. Also included is a photostat copy of a 25-page handwritten account of the Battle of the Little Bighorn written by Benteen on an uncertain date. With the collection are typescripts of one of the letters and the lengthy account of the battle.

  • Extent: 2 v. (5 items)(+ 2 typescripts)(0.10 linear ft.)
  • Creator: Benteen, Frederick William, 1834-1898
  • Call Number: MSS SC 3039
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; 19th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84606;
  • Access Restrictions: Open for public research.
Languages and Scripts
Materials are in English.
Conditions of Use
It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from Frederick William Bentenn letters 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 3039; Frederick William Bentenn letters; 19th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS SC 3039, LTPSC.
Custodial History
The materials were separated from the Brininstool collection to facilitate their use. Brininstool states that he "Sold original to Dr. Cole." This refers to the lengthy battle account.
Acquisition Information
Separated from the Brininstool collection.
Subject Terms
Benteen, Frederick William, 1834-1898; United States. Army. Cavalry, 7th; Little Bighorn, Battle of the, Mont., 1876--Sources; Military; Politics, Government, and Law; Soldiers--United States--Correspondence
Genre / Form
Histories; Letters
Appraisal Information
Utah and the American West and LDS cultural, social, and religious history (19th century Western & Mormon Manuscripts collection development policy, 5.VII, 2007).
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Finding Aid Title
Benteen (Frederick William) letters
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by Benjamin Sipes
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2012-03-21T12:48-0600
Finding Aid Language
Biographical Info:

Biographical note

Benteen was an officer in the United States cavalry during the Civil War and the Indian campaigns in the American West.

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Ryan Lee
Curator - 19th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts