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Benjamin H. Griffith collection

 Collection — Folder: S1802
Identifier: S1802

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of three documents touching on the military career of Benjamin H. Griffith during the Civil War. Two are commissions to rank. The third document is the muster-out roll of a regiment commanded by Benjamin H. Griffith. The materials are dated from 1861 to 1864.


  • 1861-1864

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

Benjamin H. Griffith was appointed a second lieutenant of Company N in the County of Vanderburgh in the First Military District of Indiana. He commanded the 2nd Regiment of the Indiana Legion when it was called into service by Governor Oliver P. Morton in 1863. In 1864, Governor Morton commissioned Benjamin Griffith as captain of the Morton Guards of the Indiana Legion. The Indiana Legion was a statewide militia formed during the American Civil War for the protection of the state of Indiana, with particular focus paid to the southern counties to guard against Confederate raids. The Legion also participated in a host of other activities, including patriotic demonstrations, guarding of prisoners of war and recapturing Union dissertors.


Foster, John Michael, Jr. "Indiana Legion." Indiana Historical Bureau. Accessed August 14, 2018.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

Language of Materials



This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from the Indiana State Museum.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 1998 by Philip N. Williams. Collection processing revised 2018/08/07 by Abby Currier. EAD finding aid created 2018/08/07 by Abby Currier.
Benjamin H. Griffith 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.