Born in Macon, Missouri, Benjamin Clarke Morse (1859-1933) later moved with his family to Marquette, Michigan. He graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1884. His military career in the U.S. Army Infantry lasted over 40 years, with distinguished tours of duty in the Philippines, Cuba, Vera Cruz, and Panama and as a commandant of cadets at Texas A&M and the University of Illinois. He retired a brigadier general in 1920. Morse's first tour of duty was Fort Mackinac in 1884-1890. In 1890 he married Jessie A. Cable on Mackinac Island, whose father owned the John Jacob Astor House Hotel.
Cadet Jacket of Benjamin C. Morse, West Point Military Academy, 1880-1884
Officer's Sword of Benjamin C. Morse, ca.1890
Saber used for cavalry and mounted officers of infantry, 1872-pattern. This pattern was often used by other officers, as evidence by this example.
On exhibit in Fort Mackinac Officers' Stone Quarters
Benjamin C. Morse Medals, 1884-1917
"American Occupation Vera Cruz, Mexico 1914" Campaign Medal
13th Regiment of Infantry
"Philippine Insurrection 1899" Campaign Medal
Bronze-colored medal eagle used on olive drab and khaki caps from 1902-1923.
Brigadier General Insignia
World War I "National Army" Collar Insignia
17th Regiment of Infantry, Regimental Quartermaster
23rd Regiment of Infantry
On exhibit in Fort Mackinac Officers' Stone Quarters.