Benteen, Frederick William, 1834-1898

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Birth 1834-08-24
Death 1898-06-22

Biographical notes:

Frederick William Benteen (1834-1898), soldier in Company H of the 7th U.S. Cavalry, fought in the west during the Indian Wars, married Catherine L. Norman (1838-1906).

From the description of Frederick William Benteen papers, 1833-1951 (bulk 1871-1896). (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 38475729

Benteen was an officer in the United States cavalry during the Civil War and the Indian campaigns in the American West.

From the description of Letters, 1876. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 80013452

From the guide to the Frederick William Benteen letters, 1876, (L. Tom Perry Special Collections)

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 Negro 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 Maj. 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.

From the description of 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. (Newberry Library). WorldCat record id: 34256847

Frederick W. Benteen was an officer in the United States (U.S.) Army. He was a 1st lieutenant and captain, Bowen's Battalion of Missouri Cavalry; captain, major and lieutenant colonel, 10th Missouri Cavalry Regiment; and captain, 7th U.S. Cavalry Regiment and major, 9th U.S. Cavalry Regiment.

Theodore W. Goldin was a soldier in the United States (U.S.) Army. He was a sergeant in the 7th U.S. Cavalry Regiment.

From the description of Frederick W. Benteen and Theodore W. Goldin papers, 1886-1933, bulk 1886-1896. (US Army, Mil Hist Institute). WorldCat record id: 50398543


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