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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Note

Scope and Content Note

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Samuel Augustus Maverick Letter, 1861

Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library at the Alamo

A Guide to the Samuel Augustus Maverick Letter, 1861



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Maverick, Samuel Augustus, 1803-1870
Title: Samuel Augustus Maverick Letter
Dates: 1861
Creator Abstract: A signer of the Texas Declaration of Independence, Samuel Augustus Maverick (1803-1870) settled in San Antonio, Texas, and established himself as a businessman involved in real estate and ranching. He was also active in public life, serving as mayor of San Antonio, a representative in the Congress of the Republic of Texas and the state legislature, and chief justice of Bexar County. He and his wife Mary Ann Adams (1818-1898) had ten children; six survived to adulthood.
Content Abstract: In this letter to Capt. William Edgar of the Alamo City Guards, 1861 February 16, Samuel Maverick orders the seizure of a safe. This event occurred in connection with the surrender of Federal troops to secessionist forces in San Antonio, Texas.
Identification: Doc 1221
Extent: 1 item
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library at the Alamo, San Antonio, Texas

Biographical Note

Samuel Augustus Maverick (1803-1870) was born in Pendleton, South Carolina, and spent most of his early years there. After obtaining a degree from Yale University, he worked with his father and studied law, opening a law office in Pendleton in 1829.

The availability of land led Maverick to Texas in 1835, where he soon became involved in the events of the Texas Revolution. Participating in the siege and battle of Bexar in 1835 December, he then remained with the garrison in the Alamo. Maverick left the besieged fort in 1836 March to attend the convention at Washington-on-the-Brazos, where he signed the just-adopted Declaration of Independence. Traveling to Alabama after the convention, he married Mary Ann Adams (1818-1898) in 1836 August. Maverick returned to Texas with his family in 1838 and settled in San Antonio, establishing himself as a businessman involved in real estate and ranching. He was active in public life, serving as mayor of San Antonio, a representative in the Congress of the Republic of Texas and the state legislature, and chief justice of Bexar County. One of several prominent citizens taken prisoner by the Mexican Army following its incursion under General Adrian Woll in 1842, Maverick was marched to Perote Prison near Mexico City, where he was held until 1843 March.

Following his release, the Maverick family lived for a few years on Matagorda Bay before returning to San Antonio. Maverick continually added to his land holdings over his lifetime, eventually amassing over 300,000 acres, primarily in West Texas. Though an anti-secessionist, he supported the Confederate government during the Civil War.

Samuel Augustus and Mary Ann Adams Maverick were the parents of ten children: Samuel (1837-1936), Lewis Antonio (1839-1866), Agatha (1841-1848), Augusta (1843-1849), George Madison (1845-1913), William Harvey (1847-1923), John Hays (1850-1850), Mary Brown (1851-1891), Albert (1854-1947), and Elizabeth (1857-1859).

References

Marks, Paula Mitchell. "Mary Ann Adams Maverick." Handbook of Texas Online. http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fma82.

Marks, Paula Mitchell. "Samuel Augustus Maverick." Handbook of Texas Online. http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fma84.

Marks, Paula Mitchell. Turn Your Eyes Toward Texas: Pioneers Sam and Mary Maverick. Centennial Series of the Association of Former Students, Texas A&M University, no. 30. College Station: Texas A&M University Press, 1989.

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Scope and Content Note

In this letter to Capt. William Edgar of the Alamo City Guards, 1861 February 16, Samuel Maverick orders the seizure of a safe. This event occurred in connection with the surrender of Federal troops to secessionist forces in San Antonio, Texas.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

No restrictions. The collection is open for research.

Usage Restrictions

Please be advised that the library does not hold the copyright to most of the material in its archival collections. It is the responsibility of the researcher to secure those rights when needed. Permission to reproduce does not constitute permission to publish. The researcher assumes full responsibility for conforming to the laws of copyright, literary property rights, and libel.

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Index Terms

Personal Names
Maverick, Samuel Augustus, 1803-1870.
Edgar, William M., 1829-1908.
Organizations
Alamo City Guards (San Antonio, Tex.)
Locations
Texas--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Sources.
San Antonio (Tex.)--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Sources.
Genres/Formats
Personal papers.
Correspondence.

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Related Material

Maverick Family Papers, 1840-1960 (bulk 1861-1909), Col 11749, Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library, San Antonio, Texas.

Samuel Augustus Maverick Family Papers, 1836-1909, Col 12545, Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library, San Antonio, Texas.

Samuel Maverick, Jr. Letter, 1912, Doc 2966, Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library, San Antonio, Texas.

Albert and Jane Lewis Maury Maverick Papers, 1927-1954, Doc 9928, Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library, San Antonio, Texas.

Lucy Maverick Letters, 1913-1941, Doc 5198, Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library, San Antonio, Texas.

Maury Maverick, Jr. Research Papers, 1857-1964, Col 10841, Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library, San Antonio, Texas.

Maury Maverick, Jr. Papers on the Reinterment of Joseph H. Barnard, 1979-1982, Doc 6159, Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library, San Antonio, Texas.

Maverick Family Papers, 1660-1938, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Maury Maverick, Sr., Collection, 1769-1954, 1989, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Maury Maverick Jr. Papers, [ca. 1835-2000], Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Rena Maverick Green Papers, 1924-1959, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Maverick Family Papers, Manuscripts and Archives Division, The New York Public Library.

Lola Maverick Lloyd Papers, Manuscripts and Archives Division, The New York Public Library.

Jessie Lloyd O'Connor Papers, Sophia Smith Collection, Smith College, Northampton, Massachusetts.

Papers of Jane Lewis Maury Maverick, ca. 1887, 1927-1944, Accession #1946, Special Collections, University of Virginia Library, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Samuel Augustus Maverick Letter, 1861, Doc 1221, Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library, San Antonio, Texas.

Acquisition Information

Purchased from Frontier America, 1983 November.

Processing Information

Processed by Warren Stricker.

Finding aid edited and encoded by Tom D'Amore, 2011 August.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

 

Samuel Augustus Maverick Letter, 1861

Folder
1 Letter: Samuel A. Maverick, San Antonio, Texas, to Capt. William Edgar, Alamo City Guards, 1861 February 16.

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