Lilly Library Manuscript Collections


The Banta mss., 1836-1888, are papers of James P. Banta, 1814-1873, Civil War soldier of Salem, Indiana, and his wife, Mrs. Jane P. Banta.

Included are Banta's commission as captain in the 5th cavalry (90th regiment, Indiana volunteers); his war diary, August 16, 1862 - August 18, 1863; family correspondence, including some letters from relatives in Kansas, 1885-1886; and correspondence and papers of Mrs. Banta in regard to obtaining a pension, 1884-1888.

Collection size: 52 items

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