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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Sketch

Scope and Contents

Restrictions

Index Terms

Administrative Information

Additional Sources

Description of Series

Correspondence, 1827-1938 and undated

Financial Material, 1850-1939 and undated

Genealogical Records, 1879-1898 and undated

Legal Material, 1869-1927 and undated

Literary Productions, 1852-1878 and undated

Maps, undated

Military Material, 1861-1890

Photographs, 1892 and undated

Printed Material, 1882-1921

Real Estate Material, 1849-1930 and undated

Scrapbook Material, 1868-1937 and undated

Charles H. Grierson, 1889-1939 and undated

Correspondence, 1889-1939 and undated

Literary Productions, 1894 and undated

Photographs, 1913

Scrapbook Material, Envelopes, undated

Mason M. Maxon, 1869-1899 and undated

Correspondence, 1885-1899

Financial Material, 1884-1890

Legal Material, 1889-1890

Military Material, 1869-1891

Real Estate Material, 1882-1892

Scrapbook Material, 1878

Robert G. Smithers, 1862-1922 and undated

Correspondence, 1881-1922 and undated

Literary Productions, 1897

Military Materials, 1862-1924 and undated

Printed Material, 1907-1922

Scrapbook Material, 1887-1921 and undated

Henry C. Smithers, 1914-1922 and undated

Military Material, 1914-1922 and undated

Charles H. Grierson, undated

Correspondence, undated

Benjamin H. Grierson, 1880-1914 and undated

Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University

Benjamin H. Grierson:

An Inventory of His Papers, 1827-1941 and undated, at the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library



Descriptive Summary

Creator Grierson, Benjamin Henry, 1826-1911
Title: Benjamin Henry Grierson Papers,
Dates: 1827-1941 and undated
Abstract: The papers of Benjamin Henry Grierson, a major general of volunteers who went on to be Superintendent of the General Mounted Recruiting Service in Saint Louis, Missouri from 1873-1874 and later commanded several forts in Texas.
Collection # S 385.1
Quantity: 14 boxes (8.0 linear feet)
Language English.
Repository: Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University

Biographical Sketch

Benjamin Henry Grierson was born on July 8, 1826 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He was the youngest son of Robert and Mary (Shepard) Grierson, who were born and married in Dublin, Ireland. Robert and Mary emigrated to the United States after the birth of their second child. Other children born to Robert and Mary were Louisa, who married Mr. Semple, and John C.

Benjamin attended the Yorktown, Ohio, Academy. In Youngstown, Ohio, he married Alice Kirk on September 24, 1854. Together, they had seven children: Charles Henry, who entered the army and attended West Point; John Kirk; Robert Kirk, who attended medical school and suffered from mental illness at various times; Edith Clare; Benjamin Henry Jr.; George Theodore; and Mary Louisa. After Alice's death in 1888, Benjamin married the widow Lillian Atwood King in 1897.

From 1849-1855, he taught music in Jacksonville, Illinois, and was a partner in a Meredosia store from 1855-1859. During the Civil War, Grierson became a major general of volunteers and was appointed Colonel of the 10th Regiment of Cavalry, U. S. Army, in July of 1866. From 1866-1867, he was stationed at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. Afterwards, he commanded Fort Riley, Kansas (September 1867-April 1868), Fort Gibson, Camp Wichita, Fort Sill, and Indian Territory (1868-1873) before serving as Superintendent of the General Mounted Recruiting Service in Saint Louis, Missouri from 1873-1874. Grierson also commanded Fort Concho, Texas, and the District of the Pecos from 1875-1881; Fort Concho and sub posts from 1881-1882; the Department of Texas in 1883; Fort Davis, Texas, sub posts and country west of the Pecos River from 1883-1885; and Whipple Barracks, Prescott, Arizona Territory from 1885-1890. In 1890, General Grierson retired to his ranch in Jeff Davis County, Texas, and had a home at Fort Davis. He died on September 1, 1911.

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Scope and Contents

The collection includes correspondence, financial material, genealogical material, legal material, literary productions, military materials, photographs, printed and scrapbook material. It bulks (1827-1941) with Benjamin Grierson's personal correspondence dealing with family matters, special occasions and hunting trips.

The materials are arranged into 5 major sections: Benjamin H. Grierson, 1827-1941; Charles H. Grierson (Benjamin Grierson's oldest son), 1889-1939; Mason M. Maxon (Captain, 10th Cavalry), 1869-1899; Robert G. Smithers (Adjutant, 10th Cavalry), 1862-1922; Henry C. Smithers (son of Robert Smithers), 1914-1922. The Microfilm includes Army Ordinance files, music books, genealogical history, Grierson's Army records, military correspondence, autobiography, two bound books, Lights and Shadows (1892), and a letter copy book by John Kirk, Texas Letters.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Open for research

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Index Terms

The subject headings used by the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library are derived from the Library of Congress and/or locally developed.
Subjects (Persons)
Greer family--Genealogy
Grierson, Benjamin Henry, 1826-1911
Subjects (Organizations)
United States. Army. Cavalry, 10th--History
United States. Army--Military life
United States. Army--Records and correspondence
Places
Fort Davis (Tex.)--History
Fort Davis (Tex.: Fort)
Fort Concho (Tex.)--History
Fort Sill (Okla.)--History
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865
Subjects
Army life--Southwest, New
Frontier and pioneer life--Southwest, New
Frontier and pioneer life--Texas
Generals--Southwest, New
Generals--Southwest, New--Biography
Indians of North America--Wars--Texas
Indians of North America--Wars--Southwest, New
Indians of North America--Wars--1866-1895
Navajo Indians
Military bases--Southwest, New
Soldiers--Southwest, New
Spanish-American War, 1898
Yellow fever--Texas--History
Women--Suffrage--Texas

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Benjamin H. Grierson Papers, 1827-1941 and undated, Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas

Gift, 1976

Processed by

Abel Ramirez, August 2000

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Additional Sources

Wagner, Lavern J., ed. "Band Music from the Benjamin H. Grierson Collection. "Madison, Wisconsin: A-R Editions, 1998.

"Brief sketch of General Grierson's Services, with a Few Extracts from Special Testimonials and Recommendations of General Officers and Other Officials. From Records filed in War Department, 1861-1884. "Washington, D.C., 1885.

Leckie, William H. "Unlikely Warriors: General Benjamin H. Grierson and His Family. "Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1984.

Temple, Frank M. "Colonel B. H. Grierson's Texas Commands. "Thesis (M.A.)--Texas Technological College, 1959.

Temple, Frank M. "Colonel Grierson in the Southwest. "United States: s. n., 1957.

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Collection Inventory

 

Correspondence, 1827-1938 and undated

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1 1 Correspondence, 1827-1954
2 Correspondence, 1855-1856
3 Correspondence, 1857-1858
4 Correspondence, 1859-1862
5 Correspondence, 1863-1866
6 Correspondence, 1867-1869
7 Correspondence, 1870-1871
8 Correspondence, 1872
9 Correspondence, Jan.-Dec. 1873
10 Correspondence, Jan.-June 1874
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2 1 Correspondence, July-Dec. 1874
2 Correspondence, Jan.-June 1875
3 Correspondence, July-Dec. 1875
4 Correspondence, Jan.-June 1876
5 Correspondence, July-Dec. 1876
6 Correspondence, Jan.-June 1877
7 Correspondence, July-Dec. 1877
8 Correspondence, Jan.-June 1878
9 Correspondence, July-Dec. 1878
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3 1 Correspondence, Jan.-June 1879
2 Correspondence, July-Dec. 1879
3 Correspondence, Jan.-June 1880
4 Correspondence, July-Dec. 1880
5 Correspondence, Jan.-June 1881
6 Correspondence, July-Dec. 1881
7 Correspondence, Jan.-June 1882
8 Correspondence, July-Dec. 1882
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4 1 Correspondence, 1883
2 Correspondence, Jan.-June 1884
3 Correspondence, July-Dec. 1884
4 Correspondence, Jan.-June 1885
5 Correspondence, July-Dec. 1885
6 Correspondence, Jan.-May 1886
7 Correspondence, June-Sept. 1886
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5 1 Correspondence, Oct.-Dec. 1886
2 Correspondence, Jan.-March 1887
3 Correspondence, April-June 1887
4 Correspondence, July-Sept. 1887
5 Correspondence, Oct.-Dec. 1887
6 Correspondence, Jan.-March 1888
7 Correspondence, April-June 1888
8 Correspondence, July-Dec. 1888
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6 1 Correspondence, Jan.-June 1889
2 Correspondence, July-Dec. 1889
3 Correspondence, 1890
4 Correspondence, 1891-1892
5 Correspondence, 1893-1894
6 Correspondence, 1895
7 Correspondence, 1896
8 Correspondence, 1897-1905
9 Correspondence, 1924-1938
10 Correspondence, undated
11 Correspondence, undated

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Financial Material, 1850-1939 and undated

General, 1850-1939 and undated
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7 1 1850-1872
2 1873-1875
3 1876-1878
4 1879-1882
5 1883-1887
6 1888-1911
7 1916-1938
8 1939
9 undated
10 Tax Receipts on Land, 1856-1888

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7 11 Genealogical Records, 1879-1898 and undated

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Legal Material, 1869-1927 and undated

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7 12 General, 1869-1941 and undated
13 Patent Papers of BHG Jr., 1927

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7 14 Literary Productions, 1852-1878 and undated

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7 15 Maps, undated

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Military Material, 1861-1890

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7 16 General, 1861-1890
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8 1 Financial, 1866-1875

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8 2 Photographs, 1892 and undated

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Printed Material, 1882-1921

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8 3 General, 1882-1921
4 Annual Reports, Department of Arizona, 1889-1890

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Real Estate Material, 1849-1930 and undated

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8 5 Legal, 1849-1930
6 General, 1891 and undated

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Scrapbook Material, 1868-1937 and undated

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8 7 Miscellaneous, 1877-1937 and undated
8 Personal, 1868-1911 and undated

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Charles H. Grierson, 1889-1939 and undated

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Correspondence, 1889-1939 and undated

General, 1890-1939 and undated
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8 9 May-Dec. 1890
10 Jan. 1-Jan. 14, 1891
11 Jan 1891-Feb. 1893
12 1896-1898
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9 1 April-June 1899
2 July 1899
3 Aug. 1899
4 Sept.-Oct. 1899
5 1900-1909
6 1911
7 1910
8 Letter Press, 1911-1912
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10 1 1912-1915
2 1923-1927
3 undated
4 Damaged, undated
Letter Press Books, 1889-1911
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10 5 I, 1910-1911
6 II, 1889

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10 7 Literary Productions, 1894 and undated

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10 8 Photographs, 1913

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10 9 Scrapbook Material, Envelopes, undated

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Mason M. Maxon, 1869-1899 and undated

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Correspondence, 1885-1899

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10 10 1885-1893
11 1899

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10 12 Financial Material, 1884-1890

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11 1 Legal Material, 1889-1890

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Military Material, 1869-1891

Correspondence, 1869-1891
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11 2 1869-1879
3 1880-1886
4 1887-1891
5 Financial Materials, 1884-1891
Orders, 1968-1891
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11 6 1869-1878
7 1878-1879
8 1880-1884
9 1885-1887
10 1888-1891
11 Reports, 1878-1885
12 Miscellaneous, 1872-1886

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11 13 Real Estate Material, 1882-1892

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12 1 Scrapbook Material, 1878

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Robert G. Smithers, 1862-1922 and undated

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Correspondence, 1881-1922 and undated

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12 2 Letters, 1911-1922
3 Envelopes, 1881-1922 and undated

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12 4 Literary Productions, 1897

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Military Materials, 1862-1924 and undated

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12 5 Correspondence, 1881-1916
6 Orders, 1867-1917
7 Service Records, 1878-1885 and undated
8 Uniform Regulations, 1911-1914
9 Miscellaneous, 1862-1924 and undated

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12 10 Printed Material, 1907-1922

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12 11 Scrapbook Material, 1887-1921 and undated

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Henry C. Smithers, 1914-1922 and undated

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Military Material, 1914-1922 and undated

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12 12 Correspondence, 1921-1922
13 Printed Material, 1914-1919
14 Miscellaneous, 1921 and undated

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Charles H. Grierson, undated

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Correspondence, undated

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13 1 Damaged, undated
2 Damaged, undated
3 Damaged, undated
4 Damaged, undated

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Benjamin H. Grierson, 1880-1914 and undated

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14 1 Correspondence, Oversized, 1880-1888 and undated
2 Genealogical Material, undated
3 Literary Production, Poem, undated
4 Printed Material, Newspapers, 1893-1914 and undated

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