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MS AmW 102

Beaman, Jenks. Jenks Beaman correspondence and other papers, 1842-1847: Guide.

Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University


Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 USA

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Descriptive Summary

Call No.: MS AmW 102
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Beaman, Jenks.
Title: Jenks Beaman correspondence and other papers,
Date(s): 1842-1847.
Quantity: 1 collection (1 box (.25 linear ft.)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Correspondence and other papers of Vermont native and West Point graduate, Lieutenant Jenks Beaman.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

No accession number; Gift of unknown source; received: 1916. A typescript note was found with these papers: "See letter to W. B. Burke, Esq., Supt. Buildings and Grounds, Harvard Univ." This letter has not been located, and the note removed to the curatorial file.
Forms part of the collection of Western Americana manuscripts at Houghton Library, collected under the auspices of the Harvard Commission on Western History.

Processing Information:

Processed by: Bonnie B. Salt

Conditions Governing Access:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material. Collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

Jenks Beaman Correspondence and Other Papers, 1842-1847 (MS AmW 102). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Related Materials

See also papers relating to Jenks' father: Joel Beaman and Son Collection. Baker Library Historical Collections, Harvard Business School.

Biographical / Historical

Jenks Beaman (1821-1848) was born in Poultney, Vermont, the son of Joel Beaman (1782-1846) and Lydia Brown Beaman (1790-1867). His father Joel ran a hotel and a general store. Jenks was a cadet at West Point from July 1838 to July 1842 when he graduated and was promoted in the U. S. Army as a Bvt. Second Lieutenant with the 8th Infantry Regiment. In December of 1842 he served as a Second Lieutenant with the U. S. 4th Infantry Regiment at Ft. Shannon Florida and later moved to Jefferson Barracks, Missouri (1843-1844). From 1844-1845 he served frontier duty at Natchitoches, Louisiana (Camp Salubrity) and from 1845-1846 was part of the military occupation of Texas. He participated in the War with Mexico from 1846-1848. On his return from the Mexican War, he died and was buried in Tampico, Mexico.
Persons associated with Jenks Beaman include:


Arranged alphabetically by author.

Scope and Contents

Primarily includes correspondence with family, chiefly with Beaman's brothers John Brown Beaman and George Hudson Beaman, and with West Point and other military friends such as Benjamin Alvord, Henry Prince, and Sidney Smith. Topics concern the U.S. Army, military life, the Mexican War, and personal matters. Also contains a clipping concerning the death of one of Beaman's fellow officers and a manuscript record of the 1843 court martial case of Lieutenant Don Carlos Buell at Jefferson Barracks, Missouri.

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