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Marsh family papers

Identifier: c-00047

Scope and Contents

The Marsh family papers consist of original and typed transcripts of Civil War letters, the bulk of which were written by Benjamin F. Marsh to his family in Fentonville, Michigan, while serving in the 8th Michigan Infantry. There are also letters from other family members, including A. B. Fay, Ed Francis Holmes, Gordon K. Fay, Lucy A. Bacon, and Augustus Holmes.

The letters describe Marsh's army experiences on the march, in camp, in battle, on provost duty, and in army hospitals as both nurse and patient. Marsh took part in the battles of Antietam, Fredericksburg and Vicksburg, as well as skirmishes in Virginia, Kentucky, and Tennessee. The letters report on local boys serving with Marsh and ask constantly for news of home. Also included are letters (1872-1887) between Marsh and his wife largely concerned with family matters, and written while he was engaged in various railroad-building and repair projects in the Flint-Detroit area of Michigan. Letters from before the Civil War (1833-1856) era also discuss family matters and daily life. These letters are to update spouses, children, and parents while their family members are out of town for school, business, or other reasons.

The collection also includes an issue of Wolverine, a newspaper written by the 8th Regiment of the Michigan Infantry that provides the history of the 8th Regiment.

Civil War materials (1862-1865, folders 2-7) and the issue of Wolverine have been transcribed, scanned and placed online at


  • Creation: 1833-1887, undated


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish material from this collection must be obtained from University Archives & Historical Collections, Michigan State University.

Biographical Note

Benjamin F. Marsh (born circa 1842) enlisted in Company G, 8th Michigan Infantry in August 1862 and mustered out in June 1865. He took part in the battles of Antietam, Fredericksburg, and Vicksburg, as well as skirmishes in Virginia, Kentucky, and Tennessee during the Civil War.

He is the brother of Alvah Marsh. In some government records he is recorded as Franklin B. Marsh.


0.5 Cubic Feet (11 folders)

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Custodial History

Gifts of Mrs. Elmer Ellsworth and Mrs. Charles Jacobs. Transferred by Michigan State University Museum.

Gift of Mrs. C. Fred Marsh.

Related Archival Materials

See aso Alvah Marsh papers (c.00110)

Legal Status

Copyright: Donor(s) have transferred any applicable copyright to Michigan State University but the collection may contain third-party materials for which copyright was not transferred. Copyright restrictions may apply.

Property Rights: Michigan State University.

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