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Frederick William Benteen letters

 File — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS SC 3039

Scope and Contents

Photostat copies of four handwritten and signed letters dated 2 July, 23 July, 24 July, and 30 July of 1876. Each item was addressed to Benteen's wife. Benteen writes about the Battle of the Little Bighorn, which took place on 25-26 June 1876, and his actions in the encounter. Also included is a photostat copy of a 25-page handwritten account of the Battle of the Little Bighorn written by Benteen on an uncertain date. With the collection are typescripts of one of the letters and the lengthy account of the battle.


  • 1876 July


Language of Materials

Materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

Open for public research.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from Frederick William Bentenn letters must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical note

Benteen was an officer in the United States cavalry during the Civil War and the Indian campaigns in the American West.


2 v. (5 items)(+ 2 typescripts)(0.10 linear ft.)

Custodial History

The materials were separated from the Brininstool collection to facilitate their use. Brininstool states that he "Sold original to Dr. Cole." This refers to the lengthy battle account.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Separated from the Brininstool collection.


19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts.

Register of Frederick William Benteen letters
In Progress
Benjamin Sipes
2011 February 23
Description rules
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English in Latin script.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States