Clarence Edmund Bennett was born in 1833. He entered West Point Military Academy in 1851 and graduated in 1855. He was a career Army officer and saw duty almost exclusively in Western frontier assignments. He spent time in California, Minnesota, Texas, and the Dakota Territory. By 1880 Bennett and his wife, Siotha, had four children, Willie C., Irvine E., Ida, and Daisy. Bennett retired as a Lieutenant Colonel in 1897 and died in 1902 of apoplexy.
The collection contains Bennett's correspondence relative to his military career, the diaries he kept at West Point, and miscellaneous materials, which include lists of West Point classmates and whether they were living or dead in 1898, and his wife's application for a widow's pension.
Restrictions on Access :
Researchers must use collection in accordance with the policies of Archives and Special Collections, the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library, and the University of Montana-Missoula.Restrictions on Use :
Researchers are responsible for using in accordance with 17 U.S.C. and any other applicable statutes. Copyright not transferred to The University of Montana.Preferred Citation :
[Name of document or photograph number], Clarence E. Bennett Papers, Archives and Special Collections, Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library, The University of Montana-Missoula.
The collection is arranged in three series:
Series I: Correspondence, 1859-1905
Series II: Diaries, 1852-1855
Series III: Miscellany, 1898-1906
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