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Correspondence and diaries of Civil War surgeon, John Bennitt

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Correspondence and diaries of Civil War surgeon, John Bennitt RHC-43

Grand Valley State University Special Collections & University Archives
1 Campus Drive
Allendale, MI 49503

2010



Repository: Grand Valley State University Special Collections & University Archives
creatorBennitt, John, 1830-1892
Title: Correspondence and diaries of Civil War surgeon, John Bennitt
Dates: 1861-1865
Quantity: 1.5 Linear feet(209 letters and 3 diaries in 2 boxes)
AbstractJohn Bennitt was a physician from Centreville, Michigan. He joined the 19th Michigan Infantry Regiment as an assistant surgeon, and remained in military service until the end of the war. The collection consists of over 200 letters from John Bennitt to his wife and daughters. In them he shared his detailed observations of army life as a surgeon. Three diaries accompany the correspondence.
Identification: RHC-43
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Arrangement

Arranged in 2 series: 1) Correspondence; 2) Diaries

Collection Description

The collection consists of over 200 letters from John Bennitt to his wife and daughters. In them he shared his life as a student at the University of Michigan and detailed observations of army life, including dramatic battles, his medical trials in the field and army hospitals, and character sketches of his regimental comrades, captured Confederates, and local southern citizens.

Three diaries accompany the correspondence. The first volume (Sept. 1, 1863-Jan. 26, 1864) details Bennitt's stay at camps in Murfreesboro and as head of the General Hospital in McMinnville, Tennessee. The second volume (Feb. 9, 1864-Jan. 13, 1865) continues the account of his work as head of the General Hospital in McMinnville, Tennessee, and of his Regiment's transfer to the front for the Atlanta and Savannah campaigns under Gen. Sherman. The third volume (Jan. 1, 1865-May 13, 1865) begins with the account of his leave of absence in Cincinnati, Ohio for an examination given by the Army Medical Board; a temporary stay in Charleston, South Carolina; and return to rejoin his Regiment for the Carolina campaigns in Raleigh, North Carolina. Bennitt's account ends with his march from Raleigh, N.C. to Arlington, Va.


Biography

In 1862 at the age of thirty-two, physician John Bennitt of Centerville, Michigan joined the 19th Michigan Infantry Regiment as an assistant surgeon and remained in military service until the end of the war. He served in Army hospitals in Kentucky and Tennessee, was captured by the Confederate forces, and was mustered out in Detroit in June 1865.


Centreville (Mich.)
Diaries
Michigan--History
United States. Army. Michigan Infantry Regiment, 19th (1862-1865)
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Medical care
University of Michigan.

Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

Collection is open for research use.

Publication Rights

For information on copyright or permissions for this collection, contact Grand Valley State University Special Collections.


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Correspondence and diaries of Civil War surgeon, John Bennitt (RHC-43). Special Collections & University Archives, Grand Valley State University Libraries.

Source of Acquisition

Acquired from Harvey E. Lemmen in 1993.


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