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Benjamin T. Smith journal

 Collection — Box: 80
Identifier: MS-SC1412

Scope and Contents

Detailed, well written and fascinating account of his experience in the war. Gives very detailed personal accounts of his experiences at Chickamauga, Missionary Ridge, Kenesaw Mountain, Resaca, Peach Tree Creek, siege of Atlanta, Nashville and the Battle of Franklin. Also creates a picture of day to day life in the army, the food, the marching, skirmishing, the wounded and dead, the medical treatment, the officers and other men in the regiment, nonmilitary people they meet, spies, plantations and his thoughts on all of this. Refers to Generals Sheridan, John Newton, O.O Howard and George T. Thomas. Description of the hanging of "notorious guerrilla and murderer Champ Ferguson." Visits Lincoln's Tomb in Springfield prior to his discharge and gives a description of it.


  • Created: 1861 - 1865


Biographical / Historical

Civil War soldier from Kankakee, Illinois who served with the 51st Illinois, Company C. Member of Powell's Scouts, independent mounted company through 1862. In May 1863, assigned to Sheridan's division headquarters.


1 Volumes ; 28 x 20 centimeters

Language of Materials