Benjamin Henry Grierson Papers

Institution: Newberry Library
60 W. Walton St.
Chicago, IL 60610
Phone: 312-255-3506
Date: 1865-1890
Extent: 2.5 Linear Feet
Finding Aid

Biographical/Historical Note:
Benjamin Henry Grierson served as military officer during the Civil War and was later appointed Colonel of the Tenth Regiment U.S. Cavalry in 1866. He commanded the Negro Tenth Cavalry for twenty-four years compiling an excellent record as a frontier regiment. Grierson’s service included several western posts including Fort Sill, Indian Territory (1868-1873), Fort Concho, Texas (1875-1881), and Fort Davis, Texas (1883-1885). He was engaged in numerous campaigns against Indians and also in scouting and exploring western Texas and New Mexico. He made his home in Fort Davis after he retired in 1890 with the rank of brigadier general. Grierson died on Sept. 1, 1911.

Scope and Content Note:
Covering a quarter of a century of military service, the Grierson Papers include correspondence, reports, orders and telegrams relating to his military career and family life as well as a few miscellaneous maps and photographs. The collection is arranged as follows: outgoing correspondence to Alice Kirk Grierson (wife), 1865-1885; outgoing correspondence to military officers and government officials, 1867-1890; incoming correspondence to Grierson from military officers, 1867-1890; reports, 1866-1888; and miscellaneous papers, 1868-1890. The papers include correspondence with among others Generals Sheridan, Sherman, Miles, and Pope. There is also correspondence from Felix Brunot, Chairman of the Board of Indian Commissioners.

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