Finding Aid to the Benjamin D. Moore Papers MS.645

Finding aid prepared by Holly Rose Larson
Autry National Center, Braun Research Library
234 Museum Drive
Los Angeles, CA, 90065-5030
323-221-2164
rroom@theautry.org
2012 October 25


Title: Benjamin D. Moore Papers
Identifier/Call Number: MS.645
Contributing Institution: Autry National Center, Braun Research Library
Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 0.25 linear feet (1 box)
Date (bulk): Bulk, 1829-1846
Date (inclusive): 1829-1846, 1960
Abstract: Benjamin Davies Moore (1810-1846) was a soldier in the United States army who died in the Battle of San Pasqual, California. This collection includes a letter from Benjamin, dated 1846, and a leather-bound notebook shared by Benjamin and his brother Matt Moore. Entries in the journal are dated 1829-1839 and include remarks on board the U.S. Ship Erie, as well as lists of naval statistics, poems, and notes from friends.
creator: Moore, Benjamin Davies, 1810-1846
creator: Moore, Matt

Biographical note

Benjamin Davies Moore (1810-1846) was a soldier in the United States army who died December 6, 1846 in the Battle of San Pasqual, California. Previous to that, Moore was a midshipman from 1829-1833, a 1st Lieutenant in the Mounted Rangers in 1832, 1st Lieutenant with the 1st Dragoons in 1833, and was made a Captain in 1837.

Scope and contents

This collection includes a letter from Benjamin, dated 1846, and a leather-bound notebook shared by Benjamin and his brother Matt Moore. Entries in the journal are dated 1829-1839 and include remarks on board the U.S. Ship Erie beginning in 1829, a list of U.S. ships, a list of deaths in the U.S. Navy in 1828, 1829, and 1830, a list of resignations from 1827-1830, dismissals of 1829, the number of each rank of officer in 1829 and 1830, vessels of war in the U. S. Navy in 1830, estaimate of provisions in 1830, as well as poems, and notes from friends. This collection also includes a newspaper clipping from 1960 regarding the donation of the materials to the Southwest Museum by Moore's descendants.

Preferred citation

Benjamin D. Moore Papers, 1829-1846, Braun Research Library Collection, Autry National Center, Los Angeles; MS.645; [folder number] [folder title][date].

Processing history

Processed by Glenna Schroeder, circa 1977-1981. Finding aid completed by Holly Rose Larson, NHPRC Processing Archivist, 2012 October 25, made possible through grant funding from the National Historical Publications and Records Commissions (NHPRC).

Acquisition

Donated by Benjamin D. Moore's descendants Ariana Moore, R. E. Moore, Helen Moore Alexander, Bill Alexander, Joan Daly, Marian Rosher, and Vicki Daly, circa 1965.

Use

Copyright has not been assigned to the Autry National Center. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Autry Archivist. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Autry National Center as the custodian of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader.

Access

Collection is open for research. Appointments to view materials are required. To make an appointment please visit http://theautry.org/research/research-rules-and-application or contact library staff at rroom@theautry.org.

Historial note

The Battle of San Pasqual, also spelled San Pascual, was a military encounter that occurred during the Mexican-American War in what is now the San Pasqual Valley community of the city of San Diego, California. On December 6 and December 7, 1846, General Stephen W. Kearny's US Army column, along with a smaller force of Marines, engaged a small contingent of Californios and their Presidial Lancers, led by Capt. Leonardo Cota; eventually joined by Major Andrés Pico. After US reinforcements arrived, Kearny's troops were able to reach San Diego.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Correspondence
Diaries
Erie (U.S. Ship)
Mexican War, 1846-1848
Mexican War, 1846-1848 -- Campaigns -- California
Poetry
United States. Navy