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Title Benteen-Goldin letters: letters written by Brevet Brigadier General Frederick W. Benteen, U.S.A., retired, to Sergeant Theodore W. Goldin, 7th U.S. Cavalry, 1891-1896 [and others, 1932-1933], 1934
Author Benteen, Frederick William (1834-1898)
Document Type Correspondence
Description From the Newberry Library Catalogue: Typed carbon copies of Benteen’s 40 letters written 1891-1896 to Theodore W. Goldin, an enlisted man with the 7th Cavalry, 1876-1877. Also 1930’s correspondence from Goldin to E. A. Brininstool, a Custer historian, and Philip G. Cole, a New York collector and purchaser of the Benteen-Goldin letters. In his correspondence, Benteen reviews the sequence of events and behavior of the participants in the Battle of Little Big Horn and other regimental actions, including the 1877 Nez Perce campaign and the 1868 Battle of Washita. He also includes lengthy exposes of Custer’s character, unfavorable evaluations of Reno and other officers, details of daily military life on the frontier, and comments about publications by other Little Big Horn survivors.
Names Custer, George Armstrong (1839-1876); Goldin, Theodore W; Reno, Marcus Albert (1835-1889); Cole, Philip G.
Places New York, Montana, United States
Keywords battle, armed forces, history, personal account, Battle of the Little Bighorn, Battle of Washita River, frontier, politics
Theme Military Encounters: Conflicts, Rebellions and Alliances
Tribe / Nation
Culture Area Great Plains, Plateau, Northeast
Additional Information Benteen was a U.S. cavalry soldier. Born in 1834 in Virginia, Frederick William Benteen sided with the Union during the Civil War, fighting as an officer with the 10th Missouri Cavalry. After serving briefly as the colonel of a African American regiment, Benteen was appointed captain in the new 7th Cavalry in 1866 and served in all of its western Indian campaigns until 1882. Credited with saving the regiment from even greater disaster at Little Big Horn, Benteen was unwavering in his animosity toward George Armstrong Custer and supported Major Marcus A. Reno in the later inquiry over his actions. Benteen retired to Atlanta in 1888, after six years as a major with the 9th Cavalry, and died there in 1898.
Library The Newberry Library
Copyright The Newberry Library
Collection The Edward E. Ayer Collection
Reference Ayer MS 3016
Catalogue Link The Newberry Library Catalogue