A Guide to the Benjamin F. Piper Family Papers, 1847-1874
Slave owner and soldier Benjamin F. Piper (d. 1864) fought and was mortally wounded during the Civil War. Initially stationed at Camp Henry E. McCullough in Victoria, Texas, he later traveled to Alton, Tennessee and Barnesville, Georgia.
Legal papers and correspondence comprise the Benjamin F. Piper Family Papers, 1847-1874, documenting Piper’s life and military career. Legal papers concern the purchase of slaves and land tax receipts. Correspondence from Piper to his mother, Susan Piper, describes military life at Camp Henry E. McCullough, while a 1864 letter from S. G. Sneed to Susan Piper informs her of her son’s death on a Georgia battlefield.
This collection is open for research use.
Benjamin F. Piper Family Papers, 1847-1874, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
Basic processing and cataloging of this collection was supported with funds from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) for the Briscoe Center’s “History Revealed: Bringing Collections to Light project,” 2009-2011.
Detailed Description of the Papers