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John K. Benefiel collection

 Collection — Folder: S0103
Identifier: S0103

Scope and Contents

The collection contains a copy of the diary of John K. Benefiel, of the 46th Regiment, Indiana Volunteers. The diary discussed camp life and its hardships, the weather, troop movements, the re-election of Abraham Lincoln as reflected in the vote among the regiments. Regiments from Louisiana, Maine, Iowa, Ohio, New York, and Indiana are mentioned. The diary features an index in the back with Military units, boats, persons, and places.


  • 1864


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Biographical Note

John K. Benefiel was a married landowner from Pulaski County, Indiana. During the Civil War, he mustered in to either the 40th or 46th Infantry regiment, Company H. He died in 1865.


Ancestry Library. (accessed January 16, 2013).

"Diary of John K. Benefiel for the Year 1864." April 1972.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

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This collection is arranged by subject.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Mrs. Roberta Q. McKinney on 1972/05/15.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing and finding aid completed by Sarah Pfundstein during January 2013. EAD finding aid completed by Bethany Fiechter on 2018/05/11.
John K. Benefiel collection
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

140 North Senate Avenue
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.