Royal Augustus Bensell diary and scrapbook, 1862-1864  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Bensell, Royal Augustus, 1838-1921
Royal Augustus Bensell diary and scrapbook
1862-1864 (inclusive)
0.5 linear feet, (1 container)
Collection Number
Ax 118
Royal Augustus Bensell (1838-1921) served as a corporal in the California Infantry during the American Civil War, was assigned to Ft. Yamhill, Oregon for three years, and later moved to Yaquina Bay, Oregon. The collection (1862-1864) contains a diary kept during his service, and scrapbook.
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Access Restrictions

Collection is open to the public.

Collection must be used in Special Collections & University Archives Reading Room.

Funding for production of this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).

Historical NoteReturn to Top

Royal Augustus Bensell (1838-1921) was born in Cassville, Wisconsin, and traveled to California with his father in 1849.

Bensell was a resident of Volcano, California at the time of the American Civil War and enlisted in Company D, 4th California Infantry. The company was assigned to Ft. Yamhill, Oregon, where Bensell, a corporal, spent the next three years soldiering and keeping a diary.

He later moved to Yaquina Bay, and was an early settler of Newport, Oregon.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The collection (1862-1864) contains a diary kept during the American Civil War, and a scrapbook.

The diary consists of four volumes, from 1862 to 1864.

The diary was later edited by Gunter Barth. It was published by University of Oregon Books, in 1959, under the title, All Quiet on the Yamhill.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Royal Augustus Bensell diary and scrapbook, Ax 118, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Military—Civil War
  • Soldiers--United States--Diaries
  • Personal Names :
  • Bensell, Royal Augustus, 1838-1921
  • Geographical Names :
  • Oregon--History--Civil War, 1861-1865
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Scrapbooks