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Benjamin Ladd Wiley diary

 Collection — Folder: 1
Call Number: RH MS P450


A typed transcription of a diary kept by Benjamin Ladd Wiley on his march from Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, to Santa Fe, New Mexico, with the First Regiment, Illinois Volunteer Company. The diary covers a period during the Mexican-American War, from July 6 through December 22, 1847. In his daily entries, Wiley notes the number of miles traveled that day, quality of the camping site, and weather conditions. As the company gets further south, his entries begin to include an occasional Spanish word or phrase. The company never participated in combat during the time covered in the diary.


  • Creation: 1847


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1 folder (1 item)

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Physical Location

RH MS P450

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, Frank H. Wiley, July 1982

Guide to the Benjamin Ladd Wiley Collection
Benjamin Ladd Wiley diary
lt Aug 1982; revised by eear, 2013 mg 2004
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Benjamin Ladd Wiley Collection, Kansas Collection, RH MS P450, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas

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