Benjamin Franklin Askren Diary
Manuscripts & Rare Books Division
Indiana State Library
Processed by: Jennifer Duplaga, March 2005
Benjamin Franklin Askren was born in Marion County, IN on June 17, 1838. He was one of nine children born to Thomas and Mary (Demoret) Askren. Askren served with the 70th Indiana Infantry Division, Company K from August 7, 1862 until December 12, 1864, when he was gravely injured in a battle. On January 29, 1867, he was married to Mary L. Kuhn, in Indianapolis. She died in March 1871, just one month after having given birth to their second child. In June 1874, Askren married Martha Jane Perry. Together they and their six children lived and worked on a farm in Warren Township, in Indianapolis. Askren was 65 years old when his life suddenly ended in a farming accident.
This collection contains the Civil War Diary (copy) of Benjamin Franklin Askren. The entries, while short, contain information about troop movements, soldiers in their free time, their duties, inspections and drills. Askren also describes his desire to die after having been shot in the face and his eventual decision to live. The copyist also mentions a note written on the [Nov.] 23, 1864 entry that says, “Give my best respects to all, and tell them I died for my country.”
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1864 Diary (copy)
Size of Collection: 1 folder
Collection Dates: 1864
Provenance: Richard Askren, Indianapolis, IN, 14 June 1989
Reproduction Rights: Permission to reproduce, exhibit, or publish material in this collection must be obtained from the Manuscript Section, Indiana State Library.
Alternate Formats: None
Related Holdings: None