Benjamin M. Harman Papers

Summary Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections
Harman, Benjamin M.
Benjamin M. Harman papers
Date [bulk]
Bulk, 1881-1888
Date [inclusive]
0.1 Cubic feet , 1 folder with 2 volumes

Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: "Item title, Collection title, Collection Identifier, Michigan State University Archives & Historical Collections, East Lansing, Michigan."

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Biography of Benjamin M. Harman

Benjamin Harman, a resident of Porter, Van Buren County, Michigan enlisted at the age of 23 in Company D of the 6th Michigan Infantry on August 20, 1861. During the Civil War he was stationed at Camp Baltimore, Maryland and Camp Parapet, Louisiana. He was killed in battle at Port Hudson, Louisiana on May 27, 1863.

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Scope and Contents note

Harman records in the two diaries the day-to-day activities of a soldier, including meals, marches, a trip on a schooner, illnesses, skirmishes, and his income and expenses. The diaries span the dates December 21, 1861 to May 27, 1863, the day that he was killed in battle at Port Hudson, Louisiana.

The other papers are records of muster rolls for Harman (1861-1863) and correspondence (1881-1888) by his mother and relatives trying to secure his pension for his mother.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections

Conrad Hall
888 Wilson Road, Room 101
East Lansing , MI, 48824

Revision Description

  July 2000

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Legal Status

Copyright: Michigan State University. Property Rights: Michigan State University.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish material from this collection must be obtained from University Archives & Historical Collections, Michigan State University.

Custodial History

Gift of Maurice J. Tallefson, 1861-1865.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • United States. Army. Michigan Infantry Regiment, 6th (1861-1863). Company D .
  • United States. Navy.


  • Diaries
  • Letters (correspondence)

Geographic Name(s)

  • Camp Parapet (New Orleans, La.)
  • Port Hudson (La.)
  • United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865
  • Van Buren County (Mich.)

Personal Name(s)

  • Tallefson, Maurice J.

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Collection Inventory


Diaries and Correspondence 1861-1863, 1881-1888