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Manuscripts & Rare Books Division
Indiana State Library
Processed by: Harriet Reich, August 1969
Finding Aid by: Sarah Pfundstein, January 2013
Calvin Benjamin, Shelby County, Indiana, graduated from West Point in 1842. Following graduation, he was commissioned into the United States Army as a second Lieutenant. He was assigned to the “Coast Survey Service in 1844 where he remained until 1845 when the Chesapeake Bay was completely charted. He was sent down to Texas in September 1845 joining a large group of Army regulars on the Texas-Mexico border. Lt. Benjamin fought in the Battles of Matamoras as part of the Fourth Artillery Regiment. He also fought in the Battle of Monterey in September 1846. On September 13, 1847, Lt. Benjamin was killed at Chapultepec at the gate of Mexico City.
Information Found within Collection
The collection contains photocopied letters written by Calvin Benjamin to his brother Isaac. The letters describe his work in the Coast Survey service at the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay in Virginia, his later joining up with General Zachary Taylor’s forces in Texas, crossing the Rio Grande and the battles of Matamoras and Monterey. He also describes the morale of the troops and some troop movements. Also contains a written copy of a presentation given by a relative describing him and his service.
Manuscript material CANNOT be photocopied or digitized in its entirety. Photocopies and/or digital reproductions (i.e. scans, digital photographs) cannot exceed 25% of a COLLECTION or FOLDER within a collection. In some cases, photocopying may not be permitted due to the condition of the item. Please check with the Manuscript Librarian for possible alternatives.
Folder 1. Calvin Benjamin
n.d Written copy of presentation given by a relative
10-15-1844 Letter by Benjamin to brother
10-20-1844 Letter by Benjamin to brother
9-27-1845 Letter by Benjamin to brother
3-29-1846 Letter by Benjamin to brother
5-17-1846 Letter by Benjamin to brother
7-14-1846 Letter by Benjamin to brother
9-13-1846 Letter by Benjamin to brother
9-28-1846 Letter by Benjamin to brother
3-29-1847 Letter by Benjamin to brother
5-2-1847 Letter by Benjamin to brother
1847 Letter by Benjamin to brother
Size of Collection: 1 folder
Collection Dates: 1844-1847, n.d.
Provenance: Williams 6/11/1969
Access: The Collection is Open for Research Use
Reproduction Rights: Permission to reproduce, exhibit, or publish material in this collection must be obtained from the Manuscript and Rare Books Division, Indiana State Library.
Language: Materials are entirely in: English