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Marion Bennett Ledger and Ambrotype

 Collection
Identifier: MS-2882

This collection consists primarily of a ledger that Marion Bennett compiled between 1886 and 1925. He begins with a brief history of the 59th Indiana Infantry, describing the unit's travel down the Mississippi River through such cities as New Madrid, Corinth, Moscow, and Memphis, the battles and campaigns they participated in (including the Siege of Vicksburg, the Atlanta Campaign, and Sherman's March to the Sea), and their travel through such battle sites as Chattanooga, Mission Ridge, Huntsville, Savannah, Columbia, and Port Royal. This history is followed by the minutes of the 59th Indiana's veterans' association dating from 1886 to 1925. Bennett also includes his discharge papers, a copy of Sherman's farewell address, and a clipping describing Lincoln's participation in the Civil War and assassination. The collection also houses a cased ambrotype depicting Marion and Sarah (Bland) Bennett.

Dates

  • circa 1860s, 1886 October 3-1925

Conditions Governing Access

Collections are stored offsite, and a minimum of 2 business days are needed to retrieve these items for use. Researchers interested in consulting any of the collections are advised to contact Special Collections.

Conditions Governing Use

The copyright interests in this collection remain with the creator. For more information, contact the Special Collections Library.

Extent

1.25 Linear Feet

Abstract

This collection consists primarily of a ledger that Marion Bennett compiled between 1886 and 1925. He begins with a brief history of the 59th Indiana Infantry, describing the unit's travel down the Mississippi River through such cities as New Madrid, Corinth, Moscow, and Memphis, the battles and campaigns they participated in (including the Siege of Vicksburg, the Atlanta Campaign, and Sherman's March to the Sea), and their travel through such battle sites as Chattanooga, Mission Ridge, Huntsville, Savannah, Columbia, and Port Royal. This history is followed by the minutes of the 59th Indiana's veterans' association dating from 1886 to 1925. Bennett also includes his discharge papers, a copy of Sherman's farewell address, and a clipping describing Lincoln's participation in the Civil War and assassination. The collection also houses a cased ambrotype depicting Marion and Sarah (Bland) Bennett.

Biographical/Historical Note

Marion Bennett was born in about 1845 in Indiana. He enlisted in Company D of the 59th Indiana Volunteer Infantry on January 25, 1864. He was promoted to full Sergeant and mustered out with his unit in Louisville, Kentucky on July 17, 1865. After the war, Bennett returned to Indiana and worked as a farmer in addition to serving as the Assistant Secretary of the 59th Indiana reunion organization. He died on November 26, 1925 in Switz City, Indiana.

Arrangement

This collection consists of two boxes..

Acquisition Note

These materials were donated to Special Collections on December 30, 2003.

Repository Details

Part of the Betsey B. Creekmore Special Collections and University Archives, University of Tennessee, Knoxville Repository

Contact:
University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville TN 37996 USA
865-974-4480