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Benjamin J. Field collection

Benjamin J. Field Collection

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Finding aid for the Benjamin J. Field Collection

MSS.05.22

Butler Center for Arkansas Studies
100 Rock Street
Little Rock, Arkansas, 72201
(501) 320-5700



Repository: Butler Center for Arkansas Studies
Creator:Field, Benjamin Johnson, 1839-1881
Title: Benjamin J. Field Collection
Dates: 1856-1880
Quantity: 1.0 Linear feet
Abstract:This collection consists of Field family correspondence.
Identification: MSS.05.22
Language: English

Arrangement

This collection is arranged chronologically.


Scope and Contents

The collection consists of seven items of Field family correspondence.


Biographical Note

Benjamin Johnson Field was born in 1839, in Little Rock to William and Mary Field. When the Civil War broke out, Benjamin Field was serving in the Capital Guards, Little Rock's local militia company. Following the outbreak of hostilities, his unit was mustered into the 6th Arkansas Infantry Regiment, C.S.A. The regiment was soon shipped east and served the remainder of the war as part of the Army of Tennessee. Benjamin enlisted into Confederate service as a private but was promoted to 1st Lieutenant on May 10, 1862. Shortly thereafter, he was discharged and returned to Arkansas where he was made an ordnance officer in General William Cabell's brigade. In September 1864, he was promoted to major and became Cabell's assistant adjutant general. After the war, Field settled back into civilian life in Little Rock. Benjamin Field was one of Little Rock's most prominent citizens and eventually served as a Pulaski County judge. On April 12, 1869, he married Mary Weaver. The couple had at least six children: Ben Jr., Della, Leila, Mildred, Omer, and Samuel. Benjamin Field died December 18, 1881.


Index Terms

This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.

Confederate States of America. Army. Arkansas Infantry Regiment, 6th.
Field, Benjamin Johnson, 1839-1881
Soldiers -- Arkansas -- Correspondence.

Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

Unrestricted access.

Restrictions on Use

Non-circulating, in-house use only.


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Benjamin J. Field collection, MSS 05-22, Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, Arkansas Studies Institute

Acquisition Information

Purchased, 2005


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