Scope and arrangement
Behm's papers consist chiefly of letters and naval orders received, 1861-1865. Included are Behm's appointments to his various posts, twelve letters from Admiral Louis M. Goldsborough concerning his efforts to assist in Behm's promotion, advice on conduct and naval etiquette, and personal matters such as dieting. Of particular note are Behm's report and the ensuing correspondence with Admiral Samuel P. Lee regarding damage to the Southfield during a skirmish off Plymouth, N. C., and two letters to Behm from fellow officers describing the destruction of the Congress and the Cumberland by the Merrimack and the arrival of the Monitor (3/9/62) and a description of the Battle of Mobile Bay with accompanying sketch map (8/7/64). The papers also include two letters from Behm to his daughter Augusta (1858; 1862), an autograph album signed by Behm's friends in Friedland, Pomerania (1826), a photograph of Behm, and five buttons from his naval uniform.