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Biographical Note

Scope and Contents

Organization

Restrictions

Index Terms

Administrative Information

General note

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: Span Dates: 1850-1955 Bulk Dates: 1856-1886
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 ft.40 letters
Language:
Repository: Woodson Research Center

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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Organization

The collection is divided into 2 series:
Series I: Letters, 1850-1890
Series II: Clippings, deeds, and photographs, 1872-1955

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Restrictions

Use Restrictions

There are no restrictions but 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

Subjects (Persons)
Bering, Louisa Neumann
Neumann, Emil
Subjects (Organizations)
Confederate States of America. Army.
Subjects
Deeds
Fortification--Texas
Military architecture
Real property--Texas
Women--Texas--Biography
Places
Arkansas
Arkansas--Little Rock
Texas
Texas--Fort Moore
Texas--Galveston
Texas--Houston

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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 note 

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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