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John Bennitt was a physician from Centreville, Michigan. He joined the 19th Michigan Infantry Regiment as an assistant surgeon, and remained in military service until the end of the war. The collection consists of over 200 letters from John Bennitt to his wife and daughters. In them he shared his detailed observations of army life as a surgeon. Three diaries accompany the correspondence.
The College of Arts and Sciences Oral History Project collection consists of materials created to document West Michigan local history. Collection includes taped and transcribed interviews with residents of Grand Rapids, Michigan; other West Michigan related oral history interviews; and tapes of topical radio shows produced by the University of Michigan based on these interviews. Interviews conducted primarily in the early 1970s of the children and grandchildren of many of the founders of...