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Benjamin Owen Tyler calligraphic manuscript and Fenno family papers

 Unprocessed — Multiple Containers
Identifier: ViU-2019-0044

Content Description

Memorial of Captain John Fenno Mansfield (1788-1812) in this Eulogium in calligraphy by Benjamin Owen Tyler. Mansfield commanded the Cincinnati Light Infantry in the War of 1812 at General Hull's surrender in Detroit, Michigan. Soon after, Mansfield was seized by a fever while crossing Lake Erie and died. John Fenno Mansfield likely attended West Point, and thus the possible connection with this tribute accomplished by Benjamin Owen Tyler, given Tyler's tenure at West Point. Also included is a Fenno family bible, and a 2 page signed letter from Mary Mansfield, (1792-1825), sister of Grace T. Mansfield and Captain Fenno, written in St. Croix, W.[est] I.[ndies], 1800 to her uncle Jacob Whitmore in Middletown, Connecticut about the death of her brother.

Acquisition Type

Purchase

Provenance

Purchased, 14 January 2019.

Restrictions Apply

No

Dates

  • 1770, 1816

Extent

0.4 Cubic Feet (1 box)