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Biographical Note

Scope and Contents

Restrictions

Administrative Information

General

Description of Series

Series I: Letters, 1850-1890

Series II: Clippings, deeds and photographs, 1872-1955

Woodson Research Center, Rice University

Guide to Neumann Family Papers, 1850-1955, bulk 1856-1886 MS 241



creator Neumann, Emil
Title: Neumann Family Papers
Dates: bulk
1850-1955
Abstract: Chiefly letters to Louisa (Neumann) Bering, a resident of Houston, Tex., from her brothers and sisters, including letters from her brother, Emil Neumann, describing his service in the Confederate Army, stationed at Fort Eagle Grove (Fort Moore) and Galveston, Tex.; together with clippings and photos. Includes material relating to land in Texas, Bering family, and Little Rock, Ark., during the Civil War.
Identification: MS 241
Quantity: 0.1 Linear Feet40 letters
Language: English
Repository: Woodson Research Center, Rice University, Houston, Texas

Biographical Note

The collection consists of letters written mainly to Louisa Neumann (later Mrs. Charles H. Bering) in Houston, by her brothers and sisters. Of greatest interest are the 12 letters written by her brother Emil from 1862-64. Emil, a member of the Confederate Army, was stationed at Fort Eagle Grove, Pelican Battery, and Galveston. In a letter to Louisa written from Galveston on January 7, 1863, he described a battle in which he was in charge of cannon "near the brick warehouse" on The Strand. He witnessed the capture of the vessel "Harriet Lane" and the escape of her companion ships, the "Orosco" and the "Clifton." In a letter written four days later, he mentioned the five vessels then lying off the island, which "shot over one hundred shots into town." We do not know the names of these ships, but presumably they were Union vessels, as they were firing into Galveston which was then held by the Confederates.

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Scope and Contents

The collection consists of ca. 40 handwritten letters, photographs, documents and newspaper clippings covering the time period 1850-1955. Chiefly letters to Louisa (Neumann) Bering, a resident of Houston, Tex., from her brothers and sisters, including letters from her brother, Emil Neumann, describing his service in the Confederate Army, stationed at Fort Eagle Grove (Fort Moore) and Galveston, Tex.; together with clippings and photos. Includes material relating to land in Texas, Bering family, and Little Rock, Ark., during the Civil War. The letters are in fair condition; some are faded and several are torn. They have been placed in mylar sleeves for protection.

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Restrictions

Conditions Governing Access

This material is open for research.

Conditions Governing Access

Stored onsite at the Woodson Research Center.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish from the Neumann Family Papers must be obtained from the Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University.

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Index Terms

Texas -- Galveston
Texas -- Fort Moore
Women -- Texas -- Biography
deeds
Arkansas -- Little Rock
Texas
Arkansas
photographs
corrrespondence
clippings (information artifacts)
Texas -- Houston
Fortification -- Texas
Real property -- Texas
Military architecture
Neumann, Emil
Bering, Louisa Neumann
Bering family
Confederate States of America. Army

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Neumann Family Papers, 1850-1955, MS 241, Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University

Acquisitions Information

The collection was a gift from Mr. Charles H. Thomsen, received October 12, 1976.

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General

Portions of this collection are available online at https://scholarship.rice.edu/handle/1911/21722

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Detailed Description of the Collection

Series I: Letters, 1850-1890

Box Folder
1 1 Paul Neumann to Members of His Family 1856-1862
2 To Sister Louisa from Anna King 1884-1886
3 To Louisa Neumann from Various People c. 1850-1884
4 Emil Neumann to Family Members 1857-1864
5 Miscellaneous Letters 1982, 1890, n.d.

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Series II: Clippings, deeds and photographs, 1872-1955

Box Folder
1 6 News Clippings, Deeds, Photographs, Other Material re: the Neumann and Bering Families 1872-1955

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