Guide to the Benjamin Crouse Papers, 1862 - 1864

Summary Information

Title: Benjamin Crouse Papers, 1862 - 1864
Collection: AC.408
Extent: 0.01 linear feet (1 folder)
Abstract:

The Benjamin Crouse Letters consist of nine Civil War era letters from Private Benjamin Crouse to his wife Minta Crouse and brother Martin.

Creator: Crouse, Benjamin

Biographical/Historical Note

Benjamin Crouse (1830-1864) was born in Ashe County (present-day Alleghany), North Carolina and lived as a farmer. His wife was named Minta. Their children may have included Nancy, Elizabeth, Martin, James, Peggy, and Joshua. Crouse served in Company I, 61st Regiment North Carolina Infantry the "Alleghany Rangers." This company was raised on 3 May 1862. It was mustered at Camp Vance as Capt. Aras Bishop Cox's Independent Company, N.C. Partisan Rangers and redesignated as Company I in November 1862. In May and June 1863, Crouse was on detail to arrest deserters and conscripts. In August 1863, he was wounded in the face on Morris Island, Charleston Harbor, South Carolina and remained in the hospital to recover. He returned to duty by September 1863. He was killed at Fort Harrison, Virginia on 30 September 1864.

William T. Choate, born in Ashe County in 1832, served as this company as 2nd Lieutenant, 1st Lieutenant, and captain. He furloughed in August 1863 and evidently carried a letter and presents between the Crouses. He was killed at Cold Harbor, Virginia on 2 June 1864.

Scope and Contents

The Benjamin Crouse Letters consist of nine Civil War era letters from Private Benjamin Crouse to his wife Minta Crouse and brother Martin.

Arrangement

The collection is housed in one folder.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for use in the Dougherty Reading Room without restrictions.

Acquisitions Information

Sharon Jansen donated this collection to the W.L. Eury Appalachian Collection in April 2008. They were originally in the possession of her grandmother Mattie Marie Crouse Smith, wife of Henry Clay Smith. Its accession number is AC.2008.014. It was opened to the public in May 2008.

Processing Information

Processed by Kathryn Staley, May, 2008; Encoded by Kathryn Staley, May, 2008

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], AC.408: Benjamin Crouse Papers, W. L. Eury Appalachian Collection, Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina, USA.

Container List

Letters provide insight into Crouse's camp movements and health. He mentions fellow infantrymen, expectations for the outcome of the war, the names of company members who have deserted, wages. He discusses his concerns about his safety, his family's well-being, and his opinion of the war's conclusion. Of note is that he calls Minta "companion."

Correspondence, 1862-1864. Folder 1