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John Jacob Benepe Papers, 1874-1903
Overview of the Collection
- Benepe, John Jacob, 1841-1895
- John Jacob Benepe Papers
- circa 10 items
- Collection Number
- Collection 866, MtBC, us (collection)
- The John Jacob Benepe Papers include documents from his Grand Army of the Republic membership; reminiscences describing his experiences during the siege of Vicksburg; Benepe's 1892 invalid pension and supporting affidavit from Captain Daniel K. Hall, Company G, 41st Illinois Infantry; three legal documents pertaining to Benepe's wife, daughter, and mother.
Montana State University Library, Merrill G. Burlingame Special Collections
Montana State University-Bozeman Library
Merrill G Burlingame Special Collections
P.O. Box 173320
- Access Restrictions
This collection is open for research.
- Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities
Biographical NoteReturn to Top
John Jacob Benepe was a farmer from Christian County, Illinois. Born in New Philadelphia, Ohio on January 30, 1841, Benepe moved to Illinois sometime prior to the outbreak of the Civil War, while his brother, Frank L. Benepe, settled in Bozeman, Montana Territory. On July 26, 1861, John enlisted in Company G, Forty-First Illinois Volunteer Infantry. He served exclusively in the war's western theater, taking part in the campaigns of Forts Donaldson and Henry, the advance on Corinth, Mississippi, and the siege of Vicksburg. He was wounded in the shoulder at Jackson, Mississippi on July 12, 1863, but recovered to participate in the Red River campaign before his enlistment ran out. After the war he resumed farming at Assumption, Illinois where he became active in the local Grand Army of the Republic post and occasionally published war reminiscences under the pen name "The Little Mexican." John Benepe died on November 11, 1895.
Content DescriptionReturn to Top
The John Jacob Benepe papers include two documents from his Grand Army of the Republic membership; two reminiscences, one of which describes his experiences during the siege of Vicksburg; Benepe's 1892 invalid pension and supporting affidavit from Captain Daniel K. Hall, Company G, 41st Illinois Infantry; three legal documents pertaining to Benepe's wife, daughter, and mother.
Administrative InformationReturn to Top
Legal documents and reminiscences of John Jacob Benepe were donated to Special Collections by the Museum of the Rockies in 1970 and 1985. This collection incorporates a reminiscence formerly designated as Collection 1420.
This collection was processed 2011 April 5
Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top
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Names and SubjectsReturn to Top
- Grand Army of the Republic
- United States-Army-Illinois Infantry Regiment, 41st (1861-1864)
- Illinois-History-Civil War, 1861-1865
- United States-History-Civil War, 1861-1865-Personal narratives
- Vicksburg (Miss.)-History-Siege, 1863
Form or Genre Terms
- Hall, Daniel K. (creator)