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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Note

Scope and Contents

Organization

Restrictions

Index Terms

Administrative Information

Note to the Researcher

University of Texas Arlington

B. F. Scribner's Private Journal:

A Guide



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Scribner, B. F. (Benjamin Franklin).
Title: B. F. Scribner's Private Journal
Inclusive Dates: 1846-1847
Abstract: B. F. Scribner was a soldier in the 2nd Regiment, Indiana Volunteers, during the U.S. War with Mexico. Scribner recorded his Mexican War experiences in three journals, dated July 11, 1846 through May 15, 1847. They were published anonymously "by one who has seen the elephant," in 1847 as Camp Life of a Volunteer. A Campaign in Mexico, or a Glimpse at Life in Camp. The published version contains all three volumes of the journal plus additional entries through July 3, 1847, and is best known for its long account of the Battle of Buena Vista. The text of the journals and the printed version vary in that Scribner excised material that might be considered politically damaging or might damage the reputations of his commanders. Excised material also includes excerpts from letters sent home to his family detailing camp life and his experiences in Mexico.
Identification: GA51
Extent: 1 folder (0.17 linear ft.)
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: Special Collections, The University of Texas at Arlington Library

Biographical Note

B. F. Scribner was a soldier in the 2nd Regiment, Indiana Volunteers, during the U.S. War with Mexico.

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Scope and Contents

Scribner recorded his Mexican War experiences in three journals, dated July 11, 1846 through May 15, 1847. They were published anonymously "by one who has seen the elephant," in 1847 as Camp Life of a Volunteer. A Campaign in Mexico, or a Glimpse at Life in Camp. The published version contains all three volumes of the journal plus additional entries through July 3, 1847, and is best known for its long account of the Battle of Buena Vista. The text of the journals and the printed version vary in that Scribner excised material that might be considered politically damaging or might damage the reputations of his commanders. Excised material also includes excerpts from letters sent home to his family detailing camp life and his experiences in Mexico.

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Organization

The three volumes of the journal and the printed transcript, Camp Life of a Volunteer. A Campaign in Mexico, or a Glimpse at Life in Camp, 1847, are housed together in a custom case.

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Restrictions

Access

Open for research.

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.

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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
Scribner, B. F.--(Benjamin Franklin),--1825-1900--Archives.
Subjects
Buena Vista, Battle of, Mexico, 1847.
Mexican War, 1846-1848--Personal narratives, American.
Alternate Titles
Historical Manuscripts Collection

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Administrative Information

Provenance

Gift/purchase from Michael Vinson, 2009.

Citation

B. F. Scribner's Private Journal, 1846-1847, GA51, Special Collections, The University of Texas at Arlington Library.

Acquisition

Gift/purchase, 2009.

Accessioned as number 2009-43.

Processing Information

Finding aid prepared by Brenda McClurkin on August 17, 2011.

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 Note to the Researcher 

Camp Life of a Volunteer. A Campaign in Mexico, or a Glimpse at Life in Camp, is extremely fragile. Please handle with care.

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