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Benjamin J. Crumley Correspondence

Identifier: 93-26
Letters written by Crumley during the Civil War to his wife Sarah C. and children, and from Sarah to Benjamin, 1861-1866; and to his grown son (name not provided), 1878. Crumley's first letter in 1861 discusses why he proposed to enlist in the Union Army instead of siding with his home state of Georgia. Other letters dating after his enlistment, mostly from Tennessee, express his concern for Sarah and describe in passing, his hospitalization for injuries and events of the war. Also included is a photograph of Crumley, his chaplain's uniform epaulets, and a veteran's medal.


  • 1861-1887



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0.21 Linear Feet (7 folders)


Letters written by Crumley during and after the Civil War where Crumley was a a chaplain in Company 1 of the northern army's 12th Tennessee Volunteer Cavalry.

Biographical Note

Benjamin J. Crumley was a Protestant minister from Georgia who enlisted in 1863 or 1864 as a chaplain in Company 1 of the northern army's 12th Tennessee Volunteer Cavalry during the American Civil War. Crumley felt the Northern cause was morally right and had several religious visions that convinced him he was correct to enlist with the Northern army. He was married to Sarah C. Crumley and they had eleven children.


Arranged chronologically.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Frances Crumley in 1993. Additional material received from Janice Pine in May 2019.

Separated Materials

Photographs have been transferred to the Special Collections Department photo archive as collection number UNRS-P1995-06.
Guide to the Benjamin J. Crumley Correspondence
June 2019
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Repository Details

Part of the University of Nevada, Reno. Special Collections Department Repository

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