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Benjamin Franklin Askren diary

 Collection — Folder: S3065
Identifier: S3065

Scope and Contents

This collection includes a photocopy of a diary from Benjamin Franklin Askren in Nashville, Tennessee ranging from January 1 to June 10, 1864 regarding troop movements, soldiers in their free time, their duties, inspections and drills and his facial wound and his eventual decision to live during the U.S. Civil War.


  • 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 Franklin Askren was born in Marion County, Indiana on June 17, 1838. He was one of nine children born to Thomas A. and Mary (Demoret) Askren. Askren served, as a private with the 70th Indiana Infantry Division, Company K from August 7, 1862 until December 12, 1864, when he was gravely injured in a battle.

On January 29, 1867, he married Mary L. Kuhn, in Indianapolis, Indiana. She died in March 1871, just one month after having given birth to their second child, who died at the age of five months. On January, 15, 1874, Askren married Martha Jane Perry, with whom he had six children. They lived and worked on a farm in Warren Township, in Indianapolis. Askren died in a farming accident on December 2, 1903 and wasburied in Anderson Cemetery in Warren Park, Marion County, Indiana.

Sources: "Askren, Benjamin Franklin." Find a Grave Index. Accessed August 3, 2015. "Askren, Benjamin Franklin." Accessed August 3, 2015.


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 Richard Askren on 1989/06/14.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2005/03 by Jennifer Duplaga. EAD finding aid created 2015/08/03 by Edythe Huffman.
Benjamin Franklin Askren diary
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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