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Henry W. Benham Family Papers:

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Descriptive Summary

Creator: Benham, Henry Washington, 1813-1884.
Title: Henry W. Benham Family Papers
Inclusive Dates: 1813-1954
Bulk Dates: 1836-1915
Abstract: The Henry W. Benham Family Papers include the papers of Henry W. and Elizabeth A. Benham, their children, and the family papers of John McNeil and Frederick Dielman, relatives and descendants of the Benhams. The bulk of the papers encompasses the military career of Henry W. Benham, especially during the Civil War. General Benham's papers contain letters and documents from many historical figures, such as John C. Fremont, Jefferson Davis, George B. McClellan, and Edwin M. Stanton. Benham was a national figure whose activities spanned the expansion of the American frontier and made engineering and military history during the nineteenth century. The Henry W. Benham Family Papers are of value to students of military and engineering history, cartography, the Mexican War, the Civil War, and family history of the nineteenth century.
Identification: AR388
Extent: 3.2 linear ft.
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: Special Collections, The University of Texas at Arlington Library

Biographical Note

Henry Washington Benham was born April 8, 1813, in Connecticut.* His parents were Jared Benham, Jr., and Rebecca Hill. Benham family ancestors were among the first settlers of Boston in 1630, and also one of the first families that settled New Haven, Connecticut. After a year at Yale College in 1832, Henry Benham was appointed to the U.S. Military Academy. He graduated first in his class on June 30, 1837, and was promoted to brevet second lieutenant in the Corps of Engineers.

From 1837 until the beginning of the Mexican War, he served as assistant engineer for the improvement and repair of fortifications along the Atlantic seaboard. He was serving as an engineer on the staffs of Generals Taylor and Wool when he was wounded at the battle of Buena Vista, February 23, 1847. Benham was brevetted to captain for gallant and meritorious conduct in that action. General Scott recommended a second brevet to major for his services at Buena Vista. From 1848 until 1861 Benham was engaged as superintending engineer for seacoast defense projects from New York to Florida including the construction of a seawall at Boston Harbor and a lighthouse at Buffalo, New York. He was also assistant in charge of the U.S. Survey Office in Washington, D.C., under Professor A. D. Bache. In that connection he traveled to Europe where he served from 1853 to 1856.

In 1855, Benham declined a commission as major in the Ninth Infantry to serve on the frontier with Robert E. Lee and George B. McClellan. During the Civil War, 1861 through 1865, Benham distinguished himself in several actions. In 1861, under Brig. Gen. T. A. Morris, he was chief engineer in charge of fortifying the important Union base, Cairo, Illinois. In July 1861, he was in command of the forces which defeated General Garnett at Carrick's Ford, West Virginia, for which he was brevetted colonel. He took part in the campaign, under General Rosecrans, against the Confederates under Gen. Robert E. Lee, and commanded the leading brigade at the battle at Carnifex Ferry, West Virginia, in pursuit of the rebels at Cotton Hill in September 1861.

Benham was in command of the Northern District of the South in 1862, was present at the capture of Fort Pulaski, Georgia, and at the attack on Secessionville, James Island, South Carolina. From 1863 to 1865, Benham was commander of the Engineer Brigade when he superintended the construction of several famous pontoon bridges, including the bridge constructed under fire, across the Rappahannock River for the passage and retreat of Hooker's Army from Chancellorsville, Virginia. He invented the method of laying pontoon bridges by simultaneous bays, thereby accelerating the movement of troops. He also invented a portable intrenching tool called a picket shovel, which was considered of great value to the efficiency of the army.

At the end of the war, Benham was brevetted to brigadier general for gallantry in the campaign leading to Lee's surrender and to major general, U.S. Army, as well as major general, U.S. Army Volunteers, for gallant and faithful service. After he mustered out of the volunteer force, he received a commission as colonel in the Corps of Engineers and returned to duty on Atlantic Coast defenses. He retired from service in June 1882. Benham died in New York City on June 1, 1884, after serving his country for nearly fifty years. A. D. Bache once described General Benham as "a man of excellent judgment, of great kindness, yet firmness in dealing with his subordinates, and discreet in his management of officers and men, and with a faithfulness, energy and industry in the discharge of his duty which cannot be exceeded. His loyalty of character and devotion to the service in which he is engaged cannot be surpassed."

Henry W. Benham married Elizabeth Andrews McNeil, October 3, 1843, in Hillsboro, New Hampshire. Her mother, Elizabeth Andrews Pierce McNeil, was the daughter of Gov. Benjamin Pierce of New Hampshire. Her half-brother, Franklin Pierce, was President of the United States. Elizabeth Andrews Pierce was married to Gen. John McNeil, who distinguished himself at the battles of Chippewa and Niagara during the War of 1812. After retirement from the Army, General McNeil was surveyor of the port of Boston.

The Benhams had four children: Elizabeth Maria, Lilla Marion, Henry Hill, and Henry McNeil, although Henry McNeil died in childhood. Henry Hill Benham attended the military academy at West Point and was a major in the U.S. Army. Lilla Marion Benham married Frederick Dielman, a designer and painter, on January 9, 1883, in New York City. Their children were F. McNeil (known as Neil) and Eugene B.

Benham published his Mexican War memoirs in the magazine, Old and New, in 1871, entitled, "Recollections of Mexico and the Battle of Buena Vista, Mexico, Feb. 22nd and 23rd, 1847." He also published an article about his Civil War experiences, "The West Virginia Campaign of 1861 by an officer of the U.S. Engineers," in 1873, in the same publication. A copy of both articles are in the collection.

*Information in the papers list Benham's birthday on other dates. Most sources state his birth year as 1813, in Connecticut. A document in the papers copied for the New England Historic Genealogical Society states that he was born April 8, 1814, at Quebec, L.C., at the temporary business residence of his father. Another document copied from Appleton's Universal Cyclopaedia states that he was born in Cheshire, Connecticut, in 1816. A biographical sketch by Lt. R. W. Crawford in 1915 states that he was born in June 1813, in Cheshire, Connecticut, and died at the age of seventy-one in 1884.


Scope and Contents

The Henry W. Benham Family Papers include the papers of Henry W. and Elizabeth A. Benham, their children, and the family papers of John McNeil and Frederick Dielman, relatives and descendants of the Benhams, 1813 to 1954. However, the bulk of the collection, 1847 to 1879, encompasses the military career of Henry W. Benham, especially during the Civil War. The collection consists of four legal size manuscript boxes, four oversize boxes, and thirty-six maps stored in the Cartographic History Library, a total of approximately 3.2 linear feet.

The first series introduces Benham family members through biographical sketches, service records, and genealogical documents compiled from many sources, 1836 to 1930. A biographical sketch of Gen. John McNeil, his son, Lt. John W. S. McNeil, and Gov. Benjamin Pierce are in Series IV. Photographs of family members, a home interior, historical figures and sites help to connect faces and events with documents. Photographs are located in Series I and II as well as Series VI. Most of the photographs are cartes de visite portraits of Henry W. Benham, Union officers, and scenes of pontoon bridges and camps from the Civil War period. There is one carte de visite of a painting of Lieutenant McNeill, and a few Benham family members are represented.

Benham's military papers, Series II, include letters, orders, service records, reports, a journal, maps, newspaper clippings, photographs, literary works, and other documents which describe his activities in the U.S. Army as an officer in the Corps of Engineers and as a commander in battles during the Mexican War and Civil War, 1847 to 1879.

Benham's Mexican War materials, 1847 to 1848, and 1871, consist of letters, general orders, special orders, reports, galley and proof sheets for his article, "Recollections of Mexico and the Battle of Buena Vista, Mexico, Feb. 22nd & 23rd 1847," and an article by another officer, "The Siege of Vera Cruz." Nine maps drawn and/or used by Lieutenant Benham during his tour in Mexico show routes taken by the troops and plans for the battle of Buena Vista. The maps are in Series VII.

General Benham's Civil War journal contains over ninety pages of orders, letters, and dispatches sent and received by him during the battle for Western Virginia. Two fold-out maps are bound in the volume. Twenty additional manuscript and printed maps drawn and/or used by Benham show battlefields, towns, buildings, and the topography of the areas in which troops collided. Some of the maps contain extensive annotations concerning regimental positions and movements. All of the maps are in Series VII.

In Series II, many reports, letters, printed documents, and articles detail Benham's Civil War service. After the battle at James Island in South Carolina in 1862, he was arrested and removed from command temporarily for incurring the disfavor of several generals for moving too hastily against the Southern forces and failing to achieve military objectives. Wrongfully demoted, Benham was reinstated by President Lincoln. A government document prepared in 1864, for Col. Joseph Holt, Judge Advocate of the U.S. Army, relates in detail the results of the investigation of the events at James Island. Also included in his papers are manuals with drawings of the picket shovel he invented and his description for laying and constructing pontoon bridges by "simultaneous bays."

The Benham Family Papers, Series III, include their personal papers, especially Benham's letters to his wife, Elizabeth A. McNeil, and their children, from his tour of duty in England in the 1850s, and from various locations during the Civil War. A series of letters from Henry Hill Benham were written to his wife and mother from tours of duty in Cuba and the Philippines between 1900 and 1906. Other letters document property owned by the family and include the last will and testament of General Benham. There is a small journal, probably written by Mrs. Benham, in which drawings, comments, and extracts of published works were copied. Other items in the family papers include a music book of "Spanish Dances," poetry, an essay on military life versus civilian life, and an address on the value of education presented to a Bible class in Connecticut by Benham. Artifacts in Series VI, include a bone ruler or folder used by Benham and later his son at West Point, a belt, a mirror, and a small wood trunk that once housed the papers.

Series IV, the John McNeil Family Papers, 1813 to 1892, contain biographical sketches of Gen. John McNeil, his son, Lt. John W. S. McNeil, and Gov. Benjamin Pierce. Letters to General McNeil and receipts for property taxes form the bulk of the McNeil Family Papers from 1813 to 1857. Estate papers of General McNeil and Frances McNeil Potter are in this series.

Series V, the Frederick Dielman Family Papers, 1882 to 1945, consist primarily of correspondence and printed material collected by Frederick Dielman and his son, Neil. Frederick Dielman was a designer, illustrator, and painter. He was the art director of Cooper Union in New York City from 1905 to 1932.

General Benham's papers contain letters and documents from many historical figures, such as John C. Fremont, Jefferson Davis, George B. McClellan, and Edwin M. Stanton. A contemporary facsimile of a letter written and signed by Abraham Lincoln in 1864, concerns Benham's assignment of duty. He was a national figure whose activities spanned the expansion of the American frontier and made engineering and military history during the nineteenth century. The Henry W. Benham Family Papers are of value to students of military and engineering history, cartography, the Mexican War, the Civil War, and family history of the nineteenth century.


 

Organization

The Henry W. Benham Family Papers are organized in eight series.
Series I. Biographical and Genealogical Material, 1836-1887. 0.17 linear ft. (7 folders)
Series II. Henry W. Benham Military Papers, 1847-1879. 0.46 linear ft. (33 folders)
Series III. Henry W. Benham Family Papers, 1850-1907. 0.29 linear ft. (24 folders)
Series IV. John McNeil Family Papers, 1813-1892. 0.29 linear ft. (16 folders)
Series V. Frederick Dielman Family Papers, 1882-1945. 0.21 linear ft. (13 folders)
Series VI. Artifacts, Cartes de visite, and Ephemera, 1835-1954. 0.42 linear ft. (77 items)
Series VII. Maps. (35 titles, 36 maps)
Series VIII. Oversize Materials. 1.9 linear ft. (4 oversize boxes)

Restrictions

Access

Open for research.

Many documents in this collection are quite fragile. Therefore, several items are restricted from being photocopied. This is usually due to tight bindings, brittle paper, or size.

Literary Rights Statement

Permission to publish, reproduce, distribute, or use by any and all other current or future developed methods or procedures must be obtained in writing from Special Collections, The University of Texas at Arlington Library. All rights are reserved and retained regardless of current or future development or laws that may apply to fair use standards.


Index Terms

These materials are indexed under the following headings in the catalog of The University of Texas at Arlington Library. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons or places should search the catalog using these headings.
Persons
Benham, Henry Washington, 1813-1884--Archives.
Benham family--Archives.
McNeil family--Archives.
Dielman Family--Archives.
McNeil, John.
Organizations
United States.--Army.--Corps of Topographical Engineers--Officials and employees--Archives.
United States.--Army--Officers--Archives.
Subjects
Military engineers--United States--Archives.
Mexican War, 1846-1848--Personal narratives, American.
Pontoon bridges--United States.
Shovels.
Mexican War, 1846-1848--Maps, Manuscripts.
Places
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Personal narratives.
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Pictorial works.
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Maps, Manuscript.
Formats
Maps, Manuscript.
Alternate Titles
Historical Manuscripts Collection.

Related Material

Additional biographical information about General Benham can be found in: "Henry Washington Benham," by Lt. R. W. Crawford in Professional Memoirs, vol. vii, no. 31, January-February 1915; and "The Engineers and the Mexican War," by Maj. Wildurr Willing, in Professional Memoirs, vol. vii, no. 33, May-June 1915.

The U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York, has three boxes of Henry Washington Benham Papers, 1863-1879, that were unprocessed as of March 1997.

An oil portrait on canvas, "Brevet Major General Henry W. Benham," hangs in Cullum Hall, Office of the Cadet Hostess, at the U.S. Military Academy. It was painted by his son-in-law, Frederick I. Dielman.


Administrative Information

Citation

Henry W. Benham Family Papers, AR388, Box Number, Folder Number, Special Collections, The University of Texas at Arlington Library.

Acquisition

Acquisition of the Henry W. Benham Family Papers was made possible in the summer of 1995, by a grant from the Summerlee Foundation of Dallas and matching funds from the PUF special collections enhancement fund established by the University of Texas System Board of Regents. They were purchased from Al Peters and Conrad Bennett, Fort Worth book and manuscript dealers, who also donated a portion of the collection.

Approximately two hundred additional Benham family items were acquired by the university in November 1995. Dr. and Mrs. Marvin Applewhite of Dallas and the University of Texas System Board of Regents contributed matching funds to purchase the remaining materials from Wes O. Clark of Dallas, a gun, book, and manuscript collector.

Processing Information

Finding aid prepared by Shirley R. Rodnitzky, March 1997.

The papers from both acquisitions were combined and processed as one collection. The materials were received in no discernible order, therefore the processing archivist determined the arrangement.

Most of the materials in the collection had been stored folded for many years. They were humidified, flattened, and many items were encapsulated or placed in mylar folders during processing. In Spring 1996, the maps and journal in the Benham Papers were sent to the Conservation Division of ICI, located in Brown Summit, North Carolina, for repair and preservation treatment. The journal was mended, the binding resewn, and a clamshell box was constructed for its storage. The maps were flattened, deacidified, repaired, and encapsulated for permanent storage.


Container List

 

Series I.
Biographical and Genealogical Material, 1836-1887,
0.17 linear ft. (7 folders)

Arranged by date of source. Benham family history, biographical sketches, service records, obituary of Henry W. Benham, and McNeil family history which describes their family connection to President Franklin Pierce.
Box Folder
1 1 Biographical Material, 1855-1884
Biographical sketches of Henry W. Benham, primarily his military career, from various sources. Included is a Benham family history written for the New England Historic Genealogical Society tracing the family back to one of the early settlers of Boston.
2 Biographical Material, 1836-1855
Service records of Henry W. Benham including extract of a class and conduct report from the military academy at West Point, letter of appointment to brevet 2nd lieutenant, extracts of reports and statements of support regarding promotion to lieutenant colonel, also a letter of appointment to rank of major.
3 Biographical Material, ca. 1866, 1930
"Brief Record of Services, Commendations, & Promotions of Bvt. Maj. Genl. H. W. Benham, Senior Colonel of Engineers, U.S. Army" (a handwritten manuscript by Benham, ca. 1866). Also an untitled mimeographed document, ca. 1930, of copies of letters of commendation, 1847-1865.
4 Biographical Material, ca. 1870
"Memorandum Record of Services of Henry Washington Benham, Colonel of Eng'rs and Bvt. Major General, U.S.A." (Brief printed outline of military career, including duty stations and combat service, 1837 to 1867.)
5 Biographical Material, 1880-1886
Copies of General Orders No. 9 announcing Benham's death; poem, "Ave moriture! Moriturus te salutat;" newspaper clippings; and House and Senate reports concerning a pension request for Mrs. Benham.
6 Genealogical Material, 1887 and n.d.
Documents and a clipping concerning the Benham family name and information on other Benham family members.
7 Genealogical Material, n.d.
A variety of items which describe the history and activities of the McNeil family including their connection to the Benham family and relationship to Gov. Benjamin Pierce of New Hampshire and U.S. President Franklin Pierce, undated.



 

Series II.
Henry W. Benham Military Papers, 1847-1879,
0.46 linear ft. (33 folders)

Arranged alphabetically by document type then chronologically. Correspondence, general orders, journal, photographs, legal documents, literary works, reports, newspaper clippings, and printed material related to Benham's military career. Benham's maps used during the Mexican War, Civil War, and other maps owned by Benham are in Series VII.
Box Folder
1 8 Correspondence, 1847
Letters, general orders, and special orders to Benham at Camp Taylor, Buena Vista, and Saltillo from officers George Walker, James McDowell, John Wool, and W. D. Frazer.
9 Correspondence, 1848-1849
Letters and special orders to Benham at Saltillo, Cedras, Brazos Island, and Virginia from various officers including John Wool.
10 Correspondence, 1850
Letter from Harrison Cooke on the frigate Congress to James M. McIntosh re transfer and promotion of various men including McIntosh.
11 Correspondence, 1851
Manuscript copy of statement signed by H. W. Benham, November 24, 1851, to the President of the United States, supporting his brevet case. Includes extracts of letters of support by Hon. S. D. Hubbard, Executive Secretary W. L. Marcy, and Col. S. M. Washington.
12 Correspondence, 1853-1854
Two personal letters from Gen. W. S. Rosecrans regarding Rosecrans' appointment and new location. Also letter of invitation to dinner from James Guthrie.
13 Correspondence, 1855
Copy of letter by Benham to Jefferson Davis declining a commission of major in a new regiment on the frontier.
14 Correspondence, 1861;
General orders from command of General Lee, Virginia Forces; manuscript copies of letters from Gen. T. A. Morris in support of the promotion of Captain Benham; manuscript copies of letters to the editor of the New York Tribune concerning Captain Benham's participation in the fortifications at Sandy Hook, N.J.; sketch of Cairo (Illinois) forts; manuscript copy of letter from Gen. George McCellan to Benham recognizing his courage in the rout of Garnett's forces in Virginia, along with a copy of McClelland's report to E. D. Townsend; letterpress copy of letter by Benham describing his war activities; and a note concerning a map of the rebel encampment from A. O. Mitchell.
15 Correspondence, 1862;
Copy of letter by Benham to the president concerning the revocation of his commission as brigadier general; letter to Benham from W. R. Holloway, private secretary to the Indiana governor, concerning a promotion for Gen. T. A. Morris suppressed by General McClellan, also discusses the feelings of the people of Indiana about "suppressing the rebellion;" letter from J. C. Fremont hoping to have Benham in his command; and a letter from Governor Sprague of Rhode Island concerning a petition sent to President Lincoln.
16 Correspondence, 1863
Letters from John P. Hale and Maj. F. Eugene Trotter regarding his "case," the injustice done to Benham, and its favorable resolution; general orders; and a description of the efficiency of Benham's proposed new method of constructing and installing pontoon bridges.
17 Correspondence, 1864
Contemporary facsimile copies of President Lincoln's reply to the secretary of war regarding permission to publish Holt's report about Benham's "case;" a copy of a complimentary letter from General McClellan regarding Benham's action against Garnett's forces with comments by Benham and excerpts from a McClellan telegram in which he withdraws his support of Benham.
18 Correspondence, 1865, 1867
Notice of appointment of Benham to rank of brevet colonel from Edwin M. Stanton, secretary of war; unsigned letter regarding an interview with General Cullum.
19 Correspondence, 1879
Letter from J. W. Hawley regarding military education in the country's schools.
20 Journal, June-December 1861;
Benham's journal with copies of dispatches and orders pertaining to the battle in Western Virginia. Communications and battle reports written in the first person. Manuscript maps laid in, 98pp. (See Oversize Box 312.) Fragile, no photocopy.
21 Legal Documents, 1844, 1868
Government license and incorporation document.
22 Literary Works, 1864-1865
Manuscript, "Devices for Service in the Field. Ponton [sic] Bridges, by `Simultaneous Bays.' Light ponton [sic] train… Intrenching or `Picket shovel'…for Engineers and Infantry. Ditch outlines, and obstructions for field-works." Very fragile, no photocopy.
23 Literary Works, 1876
"Ponton [sic] Bridges and picket shovels." Includes letters to Capt. D. P. Heap and Col. George D. Ruggles, with descriptions of laying pontoon bridges, pontoon train for light troops, and the picket shovel. Fragile, no photocopy.
24 Literary Works, 18--?
Essay by Benham about the differences between military and "civil" life written to an unnamed editor with commentary on the text by the editor.
25 Literary Works, 1847, 1871
Galley and proof sheets with corrections for Benham's work "Recollections of Mexico and the Battle of Buena Vista, Mexico, Feb. 22nd & 23rd 1847." Article was published in the monthly magazine, Old and New, June/July 1871.
26 Literary Works, ca. 1861, 1873
Excerpt, Rebellion Record, 1860-61, Documents 21-23, "Battle of Connifex [sic.], Ferry, Va.," Report of General Rosecrans, General Benham, and others, September, 1861; and an article by Benham, "The West Virginia Campaign of 1861," published in the magazine, Old and New, June 1873.
27 Photographs, 186-?
Portraits of Maj. Gen. H. W. Benham (2), and Major Benham and Gen. George Green scouting pontoons. (See also Series VI for cartes de visite.)
28 Reports, 184-?
Reports concerning two missing soldiers who were found murdered and buried in a gully by two Mexicans; chart of distances from place to place in Mexico.
29 Reports, 1862-1864
Reports concerning Benham's actions during the battle at James Island, 1862; and a statement and report of Benham's services and duties during the "war of the rebellion."
30 Reports, 1863
"List of casualties in the Engineer Brigade at Franklin's Crossing, June 5th, 1863."
31 Reports, 1864
"Report upon the James Island Affair of June 20 [sic, 16], 1862 by Col. Joseph Holt, Judge Advocate General, U.S.A." Reprinted from the Washington Chronicle, February 20, 1864.
32 Reports, 1879
"Sea-Wall at Governor's Island, New York Harbor, in charge of Henry W. Benham, Colonel of Engineers, Bvt. Maj. Gen., U.S.A. Appendix No. 1 of the Annual Report of the Chief of Engineers for 1879." Washington: Government Printing Office, 1879.
33 Printed Materials, 1851
"The Siege of Vera Cruz." Article from the Southern Quarterly Review, July 1851. [Signed "H" in print, inscribed on page one, "Compliments of Mr. C. M. Hammond."]
34. Printed Materials, ca. 1854
Engraving, "Fort Moultie." Philadelphia: Bald & Cousland & Co., 1854?
35 Printed Materials, ca. 185-?
A Short Sketch of the Beauchamp Tower, Tower of London: and also a Guide by W. R. Dick. London: Bemrose and Sons, 185-?
36. Printed Materials, 186-?
Certificate blanks issued by the Confederate States of America, $500 (3) and $2,000 (1).
Box Folder
2 1 Printed Materials, 1861-188-?
Newspaper clippings. Primarily war news, lists of regiments in service, duty assignments, and stories about Benham's vindication at James Island, S.C.
2 Printed Materials, 1861-188-?
Newspaper clippings. Primarily war news, lists of regiments in service, duty assignments, and stories about Benham's vindication at James Island, S.C.
3 Printed Materials, 1861-188-?
Newspaper clippings. Primarily war news, lists of regiments in service, duty assignments, and stories about Benham's vindication at James Island, S.C.
4 Printed Materials, 1861-188-?
Newspaper clippings. Primarily war news, lists of regiments in service, duty assignments, and stories about Benham's vindication at James Island, S.C.



 

Series III:
Henry W. Benham Family Papers, 1850-1907,
0.29 linear ft. (24 folders)

Arranged alphabetically by document type then chronologically. Correspondence, journal, legal documents, literary works, photographs, printed material, and miscellaneous undated manuscript items. Letters from family members and friends and items produced or collected by family members. Includes Henry W. Benham's letters to his wife and daughter during the Civil War and during his tour of duty in Great Britain as well as Henry H. Benham's letters to his wife and mother.
Box Folder
2 5 Correspondence, 1850-1856
Letters from family members and friends; letters from Benham to his wife and children from England; and a manuscript map, not identified, but possibly his house in England.
6 Correspondence, 1850-1856
Letters from family members and friends; letters from Benham to his wife and children from England; and a manuscript map, not identified, but possibly his house in England.
7 Correspondence, June 1856-January 1858
Letters from James V. Campbell to Benham concerning legal advice in settling land claims in Michigan.
8 Correspondence, June 1856-January 1858;
Letters from James V. Campbell to Benham concerning legal advice in settling land claims in Michigan.
9 Correspondence, 1860-1865
Letters from Benham to his wife and daughter written from various camps during the Civil War, and letters to Benham concerning property in Michigan.
10 Correspondence, 1873-1874
Note concerning "respect of a woman" copied by Mrs. Elizabeth Benhan; and extracts of copies of letters to D. W. Parker, T. Cole, and others regarding suits in Saginaw, Michigan.
11 Correspondence, 1878-1886
Notes and correspondence to Mrs. Elizabeth Benham, also a letter and "valentine" to "Fanny."
12 Correspondence, 1900-1906
Letters from Maj. Henry H. Benham to his wife and mother from duty stations in Cuba and the Philippines.
13 Correspondence, 1900-1906
Letters from Maj. Henry H. Benham to his wife and mother from duty stations in Cuba and the Philippines.
14 Correspondence, 1900-1906
Letters from Maj. Henry H. Benham to his wife and mother from duty stations in Cuba and the Philippines.
15 Correspondence, n.d.
Notes and letters to Mrs. Elizabeth Benham, undated.
16 Invitations, 1845-1877
Printed invitations to parties, and dinners addressed to H. W. Benham.
17 Journal, ca. 1855?
Extracts of published works, comments, and drawings probably by Elizabeth Benham, titled "Extract Side." Handwritten in pencil, 17pp.
18 Legal Documents, 1854-1905
Documents regarding property, assignment of power of attorney for the family farm, a quit claim deed, land contract, and the last will and testament of Henry W. Benham including papers pertaining to the settlement of his estate.
19 Legal Documents, 1854-1905
Documents regarding property, assignment of power of attorney for the family farm, a quit claim deed, land contract, and the last will and testament of Henry W. Benham including papers pertaining to the settlement of his estate.
20 Literary Works, 1842
"Spanish Dances." Music copied by H. W. Benham. Primarily Spanish tunes, but includes some English music. No lyrics, 38pp. Binding fragile, no photocopy.
21 Literary Works, 1851, 1883
"An Address to the Bible Class in Meriden, delivered July 31, 1851" and "Prospectus of The Medley."
22 Literary Works, n.d.
Poetry copy book, 31pp.
23 Miscellaneous Manuscripts, n.d.
Assorted materials: notes, poems, and extracts from other sources.
24 Photographs, 188-?-1907
H. W. Benham in civilian dress, Mrs. Sartainis [?], Elizabeth M. or Lilla Benham [?], unidentified group photo, Elizabeth A. Benham, E. B. Dielman, home interior scenes, and Edward E. Hale.
25 Photographs, 188-?-1907
H. W. Benham in civilian dress, Mrs. Sartainis [?], Elizabeth M. or Lilla Benham [?], unidentified group photo, Elizabeth A. Benham, E. B. Dielman, home interior scenes, and Edward E. Hale.
26 Photographs, 188-?-1907
H. W. Benham in civilian dress, Mrs. Sartainis [?], Elizabeth M. or Lilla Benham [?], unidentified group photo, Elizabeth A. Benham, E. B. Dielman, home interior scenes, and Edward E. Hale.
27 Printed Material, 1851-1902
Agreement: "Illinois Central Railroad Company, with the trustees of the Cairo City Property," 1851, with map; Educational Commission documents, Boston, 1862; government publication regarding "Longevity Pay Claims," 1900; broadside from United States Military Academy, "Tablets in Memorial Hall," 1901; clipping, ca. 1902.
28 Printed Material, n.d.
Book: The Man Without a Country by Edward Everett Hale. The Pleasant Hour Series. New York: Barse & Hopkins, c. 1900-1909? [45pp., illustrated]



 

Series IV:
John McNeil Family Papers, 1813-1892,
0.29 linear ft. (16 folders)

Arranged alphabetically by document type then chronogically. Biographical sketches of Gen. John McNeil, Lt. John W. S. McNeil, and Gov. Benjamin Pierce; financial documents; legal documents pertaining to the estates of John McNeil and Frances McNeil Potter; and related family items.
Box Folder
2 29 Biographical Information, 1841-1892, n.d.
Biographies of Gen. John McNeil in the form of literary publications, government reports, clippings, and manuscripts. Also includes a biographical sketch of Gov. Benjamin Pierce of New Hamphsire and Lt. John W. S. McNeil.
30 Biographical Information, 1841-1892, n.d.
Biographies of Gen. John McNeil in the form of literary publications, government reports, clippings, and manuscripts. Also includes a biographical sketch of Gov. Benjamin Pierce of New Hamphsire and Lt. John W. S. McNeil.
31 Biographical Information, 1841-1892, n.d.
Biographies of Gen. John McNeil in the form of literary publications, government reports, clippings, and manuscripts. Also includes a biographical sketch of Gov. Benjamin Pierce of New Hamphsire and Lt. John W. S. McNeil.
32 Biographical Information, 1841-1892, n.d.
Biographies of Gen. John McNeil in the form of literary publications, government reports, clippings, and manuscripts. Also includes a biographical sketch of Gov. Benjamin Pierce of New Hamphsire and Lt. John W. S. McNeil.
33 Correspondence, 1813-1841
Personal and business correspondence of Gen. John McNeil, includes copy of a letter from McNeil to President Franklin Pierce.
Box Folder
3 1 Financial Documents, 1836-1857, n.d.
Bank drafts, receipts for property taxes (Michigan and Wisconsin), and summary lists of paid taxes.
2 Financial Documents, 1836-1857, n.d.
Bank drafts, receipts for property taxes (Michigan and Wisconsin), and summary lists of paid taxes.
3 Financial Documents, 1836-1857, n.d.
Bank drafts, receipts for property taxes (Michigan and Wisconsin), and summary lists of paid taxes.
4 Financial Documents, 1836-1857, n.d.
Bank drafts, receipts for property taxes (Michigan and Wisconsin), and summary lists of paid taxes.
5 Financial Documents, 1836-1857, n.d.
Bank drafts, receipts for property taxes (Michigan and Wisconsin), and summary lists of paid taxes.
6 Financial Documents, 1836-1857, n.d.
Bank drafts, receipts for property taxes (Michigan and Wisconsin), and summary lists of paid taxes.
7 Financial Documents, 1836-1857, n.d.
Bank drafts, receipts for property taxes (Michigan and Wisconsin), and summary lists of paid taxes.
8 Financial Documents, 1836-1857, n.d.
Bank drafts, receipts for property taxes (Michigan and Wisconsin), and summary lists of paid taxes.
9. Financial Documents, 1836-1857, n.d.
Bank drafts, receipts for property taxes (Michigan and Wisconsin), and summary lists of paid taxes.
10 Legal Documents, 1885
Advice on the settlement of the estate of Gen. John McNeil and papers relating to the will and estate of Frances McNeil Potter.
11 Literary Works, ca. 1840s-1850s
Poem by Charles O'Connor on the subject of courting Miss McNeil, written sometime between 1840 and 1854.



 

Series V:
Frederick Dielman Family Papers, 1882-1945,
0.21 linear ft. (13 folders)

Arranged alphabetically by document type then chronogically. Primarily letters and items collected by Friederick Dielman and his son, Neil.
Box Folder
3 12 Announcement, 1883
Marriage announcement, Frederick Dielman to Lilla Marion Benham, January 9, 1883, New York City.
13 Correspondence, 1897-1945, n.d.
Business and family correspondence of Frederick Dielman, 1897-1915, and Neil Dielman, 1936-1945
14 Correspondence, 1897-1945, n.d.
Business and family correspondence of Frederick Dielman, 1897-1915, and Neil Dielman, 1936-1945.
15 Printed Material, 1882
Harper's New Monthly Magazine, No. 187, Vol. 55, August 1882.
16 Printed Material, 1883
Harper's New Monthly Magazine, No. 394, Vol. 66, March 1883 (p. 557 is engraving by F. Dielman).
17 Printed Material, 1913
The Mentor, December 15, 1913; also six prints of "Famous English Poets."
18 Printed Material, 1914
Catalog, National Academy of Design, eighty-ninth annual exhibition, 1914.
19 Printed Material, 1915, 1931
Facts about the War, Paris, March 1915; Bulletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Vol. 26, No. 7, July, 1931.
20 Printed Material, August 15, 1935
Ridgefield Press, Ridgefield, Conn. Contains front page obituary about Frederick Dielman.
21 Printed Material, 1936, 1945
Plane Geometry Drill Book; dance program, Iota Chapter and Lambda Chapter of Lambda Phi Sigma Fraternity, April 24, 1936; newsletter: In Fact: An Antidote for Falsehood in the Daily Press, February 19, 1945.



 

Series VI:
Artifacts, Cartes de visite, and Ephemera, 1835-1954,
0.42 linear ft. (77 items)

Arranged by document type. Includes some personal items of Henry W. Benham, cartes de visite of Benham and family, McNeil and Pierce family members, military officers and acquaintances of Benham, and scenes taken primarily during the Civil War and later. Also includes calling cards and memorabilia collected by the Benhams, McNeils, and Dielmans. Photographs of Benham and family are also in Series II and III.
Box Folder
4 1-3 Artifacts
1 Bone ruler (or folder) inscribed and used by Cadet Henry W. Benham, 1835, and his son, Cadet Henry H. Benham, 1875
Extent [approx. 10 inches]
2 Leather belt
3 Mirror (shiny round metallic disk) in leather case; brush with metal handle
Cartes de visite
CDV-1.
Photo of painting of "Lt. John McNeil"
CDV-2.
[H. W. Benham]
CDV-3.
"Gen. Benham"
CDV-4.
[H. W. Benham]
CDV-5.
[H. W. Benham]
CDV-6.
"H. W. Benham"
CDV-7.
"H. W. Benham"
CDV-8.
"H. W. Benham"
CDV-9.
[H. W. Benham]
CDV-10.
[H. W. Benham]
CDV-11.
[H. W. Benham], 1861
CDV-12.
[H. W. Benham], 1865
CDV-13.
"Mrs. Pierce"
CDV-14.
"E. Benham"
CDV-15.
"Lilla and Henry Benham"
CDV-16.
[Henry H. Benham]
CDV-17.
"H. H. Benham"
CDV-18.
[H. H. Benham], 1866 or 67
CDV-19.
[H. H. Benham]
CDV-20.
"H. H. Benham, Christmas 1872"
CDV-21.
"Lizzy" [Benham]
CDV-22.
[Young girl, not identified]
CDV-22.
[Copy 2, young girl, not identified]
CDV-23.
[Young woman, not identified], "1875"
CDV-24.
[Copy 2, young woman, not identified], "1875"
CDV-25.
"Mrs. McNeil"
CDV-26.
[Mrs. McNeil]
CDV-27.
[Unidentified young man]
CDV-28.
"Col. Aspinorrle"
CDV-29.
"Brig.-General L. C. Baker, Secret Service"
CDV-30.
"Bvt. Major General J. G. Barnard"
CDV-31.
"Clara Barton, nurse"
CDV-32.
"Maj. Gen. Frank P. Blair"
CDV-33.
"Jefferson Davis, C.S.A."
CDV-34.
"Stephen A. Douglas"
CDV-35.
"General John B. Gordon, C.S.A."
CDV-36.
"General George Green"
CDV-37.
"John Hay, assistant private secretary to President Lincoln"
CDV-38.
"David Herold"
CDV-39.
"Joseph Smith"
CDV-40.
"Joseph Veasee"
CDV-41.
[Man, not identified]
CDV-42.
[Copy 2 of above]
CDV-43.
[Elderly man], "1897"
CDV-44.
"Pontoon Bridges, Fredericksburg, 1863"
CDV-45.
"Gen. Benham & staff at his tent in Washington, August 1863"
CDV-46.
"Gen. Grant's Headquarters, Virginia, February 1865"
CDV-47.
"Pontoon Bridge of Engrs. Brigade land from Richmond to Manchester, April 5, 1865, looking towards Manchester and its mills"
CDV-48.
"City of Ragusa(?) [sailboat], crossed from Liverpool to Boston in 93 days, 2nd June to Sept. 9, 1870, Jno. Buckley, master"
CDV-49.
[Pontoon Bridge construction]
CDV-50.
"Hot Air Machine"
CDV-51.
"This photograph of Lightning is from a negative taken by my Engineer Brigade photographer from an original photograph furnished me by Mr. J. H. Adams…at a storm at N. Bridgewater…H. W. Benham"
CDV-52.
"Lake George"
CDV-53.
"Fort Henry'
CDV-54.
[Brick house with cannons and monument in front]
CDV-55.
"Chapel near Harrisburg, Va.…made entirely of pine saplings with bark on"
CDV-56.
"English Cathedral"
Ephemera
CC-1 - CC-4.
Calling cards, "H. W. Benham, Corps of Engineers, U.S. Army"
CC-5.
Calling card, "Mrs. Benham, The Misses, Benham, 104 E. 36th St."
CC-6.
Paper with signature, "Your affectionate husband, J. McNeil"
CC-7.
Calling card, "Levi Woodbury"
CC-8.
Calling card, "Genl. Hernandez"
CC-9.
Calling card, "Alexander Macomb, Major General, Commanding in Chief"
CC-10.
Calling card, handwritten, "M. & Mme Chegaray, Mrs. McNeil"
CC-11.
Calling card, "Misses McNeil"
CC-12.
Calling card, "Franklin Pierce, N. Hampshire"
CC-13.
Calling card, "William Campbell Dickson"
CC-14.
Fraternity membership card, Neil Dielman, 1936
CC-15.
Fraternity membership card, Neil Dielman, 1937
CC-16.
Ticket stub, State Fair of Texas, Dallas, Oct. 9-24, 1954,
No. 29548
CC-17.
Copy 2 of above, No. 29549
CC-18.
Tag, Budapest, #0028



 

Series VII:
Maps

Arranged by subject. Maps drawn and/or used by Benham during the Mexican War and the Civil War. A few maps do not relate to Benham's war activities.
Box
4 Mexican War Maps:
1.
"Agua Nueva to la Punta and Encarnacion and Back; Also Monterey to Saltillo." Dated August 14, 15, and 16, 1847.
Appears to be Benham's work. Brown ink, pencil additions to original map. [Manuscript map, 26 × 13 inches.] [Map Annex, 108/1]
2.
"The Field of Buena Vista Corrected from Linnard's Map by Lieut. Benham." [184-?].
In pencil. [Manuscript map on heavy tracing paper, 14 × 9.5 inches.] [Map Annex, 108/1]
3.
"Itinerary of the March of Maj. Gen. Z. Taylor from Victoria to Agua Nueva by Brvt. Maj. Mansfield, Corps of Engineers. Third copy--and completed in pencil from Saltillo to Hedionder [sic] by Lt. H. V. Benham, March 5th, 1847."
Less than two weeks after Buena Vista. Lists daily camps for headquarters. Brown ink with pencil additions and notations. [Manuscript map on heavy tracing paper, 28 × 10.5 inches.] [Map Annex, 108/1]
4.
"Reconnaissance of Roads about Agua Nueva by Maj. Mansfield, Corps of Engrs., Feb. 27, 1847. Copy of Lt. Benham, U.S. Engrs. Shows Gen. Taylor's and Gen. Wool's camps, pickets, advanced pickets, etc. Four days after Buena Vista. Always on the lookout for the Mexican Army."
[Manuscript map on heavy tracing paper, 29 × 22 inches.] [Map Annex, 108/1]
5.
"Reconnaissance of the Route from Monterey to Saltillo and Mazapil. Surveyed and drawn by Captain H. W. Benham, Corps of Engineers from Feb. 1847 to May 1847. Original sent to Engr. Dept."
Legends in colored inks. Distances, Names of Places, Probable Population, Products, given in a table. Latitudes and elevations above the sea as furnished by Dr. Josiah Gregg from his notes. Known or reported battlegrounds shown. [Manuscript map on slick cloth-like paper, 29 × 24 inches.] [Map Annex, 108/1]
Note: See also scanned copy of similar map from the Library of Congress, but "with diverging roads to Encarnacion surveyed and drawn from Febry 1847 to May 1848." [VGCHL, #2001-3456 @ 93/8.]
6.
"Saltillo, Mexico. Copy of Lt. Benham, U.S. Engrs. from a minutely detailed map. Surveyed and drawn by Lt. A. Doubleday. 1st Art. USA, Dec. 1847."
Principal buildings and locations given. Legend details plaza, buildings, and other significant areas. The fort that Benham was responsible for is shown. [Manuscript map, black ink, on heavy tracing paper. 23 × 18 inches.] [Map Annex, 108/1]
7.
"Skeleton Map from Saltillo to Mazapil."
Map is adhered with red wax to outer paper that served as an envelope. Legend gives mileage between towns. May have been used while on a survey or reconnaisance and later redrawn in ink to provide a permanent copy. Watermark: Ben Picardo, crest with a lion at its center, and a star. [Manuscript map in pencil, folds. 19 × 17 inches.] [Map Annex, 108/1]
8.
"Carte Routiere de Vera-Cruz a Mexico [road map from Vera Cruz to Mexico]… (Plan leve en 1846) [plan drawn in 1846], Dresse et publiee par [drawn and published by] Bertault. (cop. by A. Pomnietzky, March 1853.)"
Finely detailed map. [Manuscript map on slick cloth-like paper, 10.5 × 24 inches.] [Map Annex, 108/2]
9.
"Plan of the Battle of Buena Vista Fought February 22nd and 23rd, 1847. Surveyed by Capt. Linnard and Lts. Pope and Franklin. Drawn by Lt. Sitgreaves. Lith. by H. R. Robinson, 142 Nassau, N.Y., 1847?"
Some penciled additions by Benham. [Annotated with black and red watercolor, 16 × 20 inches.] [Map Annex, 108/2]
Civil War Maps:
10.
"J. H. Colton's Topographical Map of Virginia, Maryland, and East'n Tennessee and part of Adjoining States. New York: J. H. Colton, 1861."
[Benham's campaign in Western Virginia.] Written in black ink on right side of map: "To Accompany letter to Brig. Gen. H. W. Benham, U.S. Volunteers, Maj. of Engineers. New Creek, Virginia, dated August 31st, 1861, Bureau of Topl. Engineers, [signed] Hartman Bache, Lt. Col., Top. Eng." [Color, printed map, 20 × 28 inches.] [Map Annex, 108/2]
11.
"Seat of War, Va."
Shows towns, rivers, and locations of various brigades. Manuscript map drawn in blue, red, and black inks. [On tracing paper, 12 × 16 inches.] [Map Annex, 108/2]
12.
"Hastily made copy of the C. S. Large maps. June 21, 1862. By Henry Mehles, Sergt. Comp B, NY, Vol. Engrs. From Map of Col. H. Bache, U.S.T.E."
Legend details location of rebel and yankee gunboats, batteries, etc. [Hand colored manuscript map, detailed with black ink, red pencil annotations. 36 × 23 inches.] [Map Annex, 108/2]
13.
"Seat of War. War Map of Virginia, Maryland, Delaware and Part of Pennsylvania." Cincinnati: Middleton, Strobridge & Co., 186-?
Includes Benham's pencil notations. [Color map, 21 × 29 inches.] Map Annex, 108/2
14.
"Lloyd's Map of the Southern States Showing All the Railroads, Their Stations & Distances." New York: J. T. Lloyd, 1861.
Shows Texas, Indian Territories, and western territories to the west. Written sketch of southern coast. Text on verso about Virginia. [Color printed map, 40 × 52 inches.] Map Annex, 104/1
15.
"Preliminary Chart of Charleston Harbor and Its Approaches." Published 1858.
Note in red ink: "Republished in 1862 with addition of part of James Island." General Benham's personal copy with his many notations in ink and pencil. Written on verso: "Map used by me at the action upon James Island, S.C., June 16, 1862. HWB." [Printed map, 39 × 36 inches.] [Map Annex, 104/1]
16.
"Lloyd's Official Map of the State of Virginia from actual surveys by order of the Executive, 1828 & 1859. Corrected and revised by J. T. Lloyd to 1861."
New York: J. T. Lloyd, 1861. Map used by General Scott to plan the campaign in Virginia. [Color printed map, 36 × 48.5 inches; two copies.] [Map Annex, 104/1]
17.
"Map of Fortifications at Fort Pendleton. Not drawn according to accurate scale, E. B. O. (Capt. in charge)."
[Manuscript map, ink and pencil, 12 × 14 inches.] [Map Annex, 108/2]
18.
"Plan of Battery at Cairo, Illinois," ca. 1861.
[Map Annex, 108/2] Maps of Cotton Hill in Western Virginia:
19.
"Cotton Hill and Loup Creek."
[Manuscript map, black, brown, and orange ink with pencil annotations, 10.25 × 12 inches.] [Map Annex, 108/3]
20.
"Cotton Hill and Fayetteville."
[Manuscript map, brown, blue, and orange ink with penciled annotations, 28 × 19 inches.] [Map Annex, 108/3]
21.
"Capt. Cramer(?) Sketch Cotton Hill Area. Observation of Nov. 8th."
[Pencil sketch, 10 × 8 inches.] [Map Annex, 108/3]
22.
a & b Rough Sketch of Cotton Hill." With separate detailed description of map and route, November 6, 1861,
3p. [Pencil sketch, 10 × 7.5 inches.] [Map Annex, 108/3]
23.
"Kincaid's Sketch."
Shows Loup Creek, camps, Fayetteville, and distance. [Ink with pencil additions on back, 10 × 8 inches.] [Map Annex, 108/3]
24.
"Sketch from Col. Creighton."
Shows Cotton Hill, Observation Point, and supposed rebel pickets. [Pencil sketch, annotations in ink, 8 × 11 inches.] [Map Annex, 108/3]
25.
"Creighton Sketch."
Sketch of rebel camp showing geographical features, pickets, rebel camp with regiments and estimated number of men. See letter, November 10, 1861, from Major A. O. Mitchell, Box 1, folder 14. [Pencil sketch, 5 × 8 inches.] [Map Annex, 108/3]
26.
"McMullan Sketch of Cotton Hill Camp."
[Pencil sketch, 10 × 8 inches.] [Map Annex, 108/3]
27.
"Laurel Creek, Farm Survey Probably near…and West of Cotton Hill."
[Ink and pencil, 16 × 11.5 inches.] [Map Annex, 108/4]
28.
"Col. R. L. McCook Map of Cotton Hill and Fayetteville Area."
[Ink and pencil, 9.5 × 7.5 inches.] [Map Annex, 108/4]
Note from McCook to Benham in lower, left corner.
29.
"McMullin's Sketch, Nov. 11."
[Pencil, 6.25 × 8 inches.] [Map Annex, 108/4]
Additional Maps:
30.
"Chart of Mouth of Susquehanna River and Head Waters of Chesapeake Bay, Maryland. Surveyed by order of Congress under the direction of G. Hughes, U.S. Civil Engineer by T. J. Lee and C. N. Hagner. Drawn by T. J. Lee., 1856.
[Penciled additions on verso, 25.5 × 39 inches.] [Map Annex, 108/4]
31.
"Seat of War in the East. Map of Turkey and Parts Adjacent. Compiled and published by authority of the Hon. Sec. of War in the Office of the Chief of Engineers under the direction of Brig. Gen. A. A. Humphreys. June, 1877. Compiled and drawn by Denis Callahan."
[Color printed map, penciled annotations by Benham, 26.5 × 24.5 inches.] [Map Annex, 108/4]
32.
"Plan of the City of Halifax. J. Irons, Del. Halifax, N. S.; E. G. Fuller. Lith. by B.W. Thayer & Co., Boston, Deca. 1851."
[Printed map on light tissue paper, 29 × 51 inches.] [Map Annex, 104/1]
33.
"Plat of Part of the Town of Port Huron, St. Clair Count, Michigan. Includes "Map of the Village of Fort Gratiot, Mich. 185-?"
[Manuscript map on slick cloth-like paper, black ink, and pencil notations, 28 × 21 inches.] [Map Annex, 108/4]
34.
"Sketch of Fort St. Philip Showing Positions of Guns., Engr. Dept., June 9, 1855. A copy sent to Maj. Beauregard at New Orleans with letter of this date. G. G. T." Along left side: "Engineer Department. Washington, March 13, 1846. Sent to Capt. Barnard at New Orleans, La. with letter of this date.-To be copied and ret. Eng. Dept. 10 Aug. 1846. Returned with Capt. Barnard, letter of the 30? instant."
[Manuscript map on slick cloth-like paper, divided into three sections, with notes, in black and red ink. 36 × 26.5 inches.] [Map Annex, 104/1]
35.
"Southampton from the Ordnance Survey with Improvements to the Present Time. London: Forbes & Marshall, 18--?"
Lithographed by Maclure, Macdonald & Macgregor. [Printed map on heavy paper, 22.5 × 21 inches.] [Map Annex, 108/4]



 

Series VIII:
Oversize Materials
1.9 linear ft. (4 oversize boxes)

Arranged by size. Journal, oversize documents, newspapers and newspaper clippings, and wood trunk. The newspaper clippings are primarily Civil War period descriptions of battles, regimental news, and stories about Benham's war activities. See also Series II for newspaper clippings. Oversized clippings from that series are here.
Box Folder
OS312 1 Journal: Benham's handwritten journal with all dispatches and orders pertaining to the battle in Western Virginia. Communications and battle reports written in the first person.
Manuscript maps laid in, 98pp. [12.25 × 7.75 inches] Fragile, no photocopy.
Box Folder
OS313 1 "Kyan's Patent. License to Lieut. H. W. Benham," August 23, 1844. "An act to incorporate the Worcester Safe Deposit Company, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, March 1868."
(Printed form completed in hand.)
2 Newspaper clippings, 1861
3 Newspaper clippings, 1862
4. Newspaper clippings, 186-? undated
5 Newspaper clippings, 1900
6 Newpapers: The New South, Port Royal, S. C., October 25, 1862.
Contains a report of "The Pocotaligo Expedition," October 1862, and "A Corporal's Story." and The Christian Banner, for the Soldier and Sailor, Boston, April 1864.
Box Folder
OS314 1 Newspaper clippings, 1861
2 Newspaper clippings, 1862
3 Newspaper clippings, 1863
4 Newspaper clippings, 1864
5 Newspaper clippings, 1865
6 Newspaper clippings, 1867-1900
7 Newspaper pages, 1861-1863
Box Folder
OS315 1 Wood trunk: Key and carrying handle are missing; stained and spotted with red and brown liquid.
16″ wide × 10″ deep × 7″ high.
(Push in and pull up to open.)