Eric Wittenberg tells of a recent donation of interest to Custer historians:
My friend Clark B. “Bud” Hall sent this item along today. This is great news, and an extremely generous gift that will prove invaluable to those who study the life and career of George Armstrong Custer:
Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company (MassMutual) announced today that it has donated a collection of civil war artifacts to the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center’s Military History Institute in Carlisle, Penn. The historic collection, which includes more than 200 pieces, belonged to Jacob Lyman Greene, the adjutant general (chief administrative officer) to General George Custer.
I've been corresponding with the nephew for several years. A university in Hartford, Connecticut, had the collection on loan from the insurance company for years but didn't do anything with it. The family attempted to have the university make scans of all the documents because the family has always wanted the material to be available for research. This is a much better solution, and the family is pleased. I've got an inventory of the collection, and there are a few Custer items in there that haven't seen the light of day for a long time.
Post by Diane Merkel on Nov 2, 2008 12:32:44 GMT -5
From Civil War News:
An archive of more than 200 items belonging to Bvt. Lt. Col. Jacob Lyman Greene, Gen. George A. Custer’s adjutant general, will soon be available to researchers at the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center’s Military History Institute in Carlisle.
Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company (MassMutual) of Springfield, Mass., donated the collection, which the Army center’s senior historian Richard Sommers calls “a very significant acquisition,” in late May.
Since then staff at the library and archives has been cataloging 11 boxes of papers. Sommers says they contained a few artifacts, photographs and newspapers clippings, but most were documents from 1865-1866. They will be ready for public review in mid-November.
They've got a couple of details wrong, but this is a wonderful ending to a long saga.