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Benjamin D. Boswell Military Records, 1867-1887

Collection Overview

Title: Benjamin D. Boswell Military Records, 1867-1887

ID: MSS Boswell

Primary Creator: Boswell, Benjamin D. (Benjamin Dempsey) (1837-1907)

Extent: 1.0 reels

Languages of Materials: English [eng]


The Boswell Military Records document the military service of Benjamin D. Boswell, the first professor of military science at Corvallis State Agricultural College.

Scope and Content Notes

Military service records from the War Department's Adjutant General's Office include correspondence and orders dealing with promotions, leaves and duty assignments; medical records; and the proceedings of his retirement board. These records are from the National Archives Record Group 94: Records of the Adjutant General's Office; Appointment, Commission, and Personnel Branch; Letters Received #64 ACP 1872 for Lt. Benjamin Boswell.

Biographical / Historical Notes

Benjamin D. Boswell was the first professor of military science at the Corvallis State Agricultural College and the first active-duty Army officer to be assigned military instructor at a college in the far western states. He was born in Indiana on 10 Sept 1837 and served during the Civil War and afterwards in the Regular Army. He came to Corvallis in 1873 and served as professor until 1876. He was proprietor of the Boswell Springs resort (Douglas County) for 12-14 years prior to his death in 1907.

Administrative Information

Related Materials: Other materials pertaining to Boswell are available in the OSU Memorabilia Collection (MSS MC).

Preferred Citation: Benjamin D. Boswell Military Records (MSS Boswell), Oregon State University Special Collections and Archives Research Center, Corvallis, Oregon


Boswell, Benjamin D. (Benjamin Dempsey) (1837-1907)

People, Places, and Topics

Boswell, Benjamin D. (Benjamin Dempsey), 1837-1907
Military education--Oregon.
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865.
University History

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