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Benjamin Palmer collection

Benjamin Palmer Collection

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Finding aid for the Benjamin Palmer Collection

MSS.03.32

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



Repository: Butler Center for Arkansas Studies
Creator:Palmer, Benjamin, 1837-1913
Title: Benjamin Palmer Collection
Dates: 1862-ca.1970
Quantity: 3.0 Linear feet
Abstract:This collection contains the Civil War correspondence of Benjamin Palmer.
Identification: MSS.03.32
Language: English

Arrangement

This collection is arranged chronologically.


Scope and Contents

The bulk of this collection is a set of letters written by Palmer to his wife, Kezia, during the Civil War. Included in this set is one letter from Kezia's brother, John Kirkland, who was killed at the battle of Champion's Hill, Mississippi. The collection also contains genealogical information on the Palmer and related families.


Biographical Note

Benjamin Palmer was born August 2, 1837, in Michigan, and moved to Iowa during the 1850s. On November 11, 1861, Palmer married Miss Kezia Kirkland. He enlisted in Company "A" of the 29th Iowa Infantry Regiment on August 11, 1862. The regiment was organized at Camp Dodge, Council Bluffs, Iowa, and mustered into service on December 1, 1862. The regiment soon left for Missouri, where it was stationed at Benton Barracks. In January 1863, the unit arrived at Helena, Arkansas. The regiment spent most of its time in Arkansas until February 1865, when it was sent to assist in the campaign against Mobile, Alabama. Palmer received a disability discharge on May 31, 1865. After the war, Palmer returned to Iowa and resumed his life as a farmer. He and his wife eventually borne ten children. Palmer was also active in his local Grand Army of the Republic (G.A.R.) post. He died August 30, 1913, and is buried in the Oak Grove Cemetery of St. John, Iowa.


Index Terms

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

Arkansas -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865.
Palmer, Benjamin, 1837-1913
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865.
United States. Army. Iowa Infantry Regiment, 29th. (1862-1865)

Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

Unrestricted access.

Restrictions on Use

Non-circulating, in-house use only.


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Benjamin Palmer Collection, MSS 03-32, Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, Arkansas Studies Institute

Acquisition Information

Purchased, 2003


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