Albert and Ethel Herzstein Library, San Jacinto Museum of History

Macomb-White Papers

Manuscript Collection: MC035

Collection Summary

Creator: Macomb family
Title: Macomb-White papers
Dates: 1835-1867
Dates: (Bulk: 1859-1867)
Abstract: Correspondence, receipts, military papers, a broadside, and a circular briefly document the lives of Henry White, Samuel White, and Rufus K. Macomb, and life in Harris County Texas, during the Civil War.
Identification: MC035
OCLC Record No. 47234210
Quantity: 8 items
Language Materials are in English.
Repository: Albert and Ethel Herzstein Library, San Jacinto Museum of History, La Porte, Texas

Creator Sketch

Henry White, veteran of the Texas War of Independence, served with the Liberty Volunteers in 1835 and in 1836 with Captain John Bird. Born circa 1846, Samuel White and Rufus K. Macomb attended Houston Academy in 1859 and later served in the Army of the Confederacy. During 1863 and 1864 White and Macomb were stationed in Galveston.

Scope and Content Note

Correspondence, receipts, military papers, a broadside, and a circular briefly document the military service of Henry White (1835-1836), the school and military careers of Samuel White and Rufus K. Macomb (1859-1865), and life in Harris County, Texas, during the Civil War. An honorable discharge from the Liberty Volunteers signed by Andrew Briscoe and Stephen F. Austin (1835) and a permit signed by Captain John Bird (1836) instructing White to return to San Jacinto and stand in readiness to march concern Henry White's military service. A transcript of nineteen letters and one letter fragment written by Addie J. Simms to Rufus K. Macomb (1863-1864) records marriages, illnesses, births, deaths, and the effect of the Civil War on everyday occurrences in Gentry Station, Harris County. Two receipts from Houston Academy (1859) for Samuel White and Macomb and an honorable discharge from the Confederate Army (1865) for Samuel White deal with school and military careers. A broadside (ca. 1861) addressed "To the Citizens of Harris County" appeals for donations of warm clothing for Confederate soldiers. A single issue of the Commercial Bulletin Letter-Sheet, Galveston, Texas, records wholesale prices in September 1867.



Organized into four series; arrangement is alphabetical and chronological.


Restrictions on Access


Terms Governing Use

Open for research by appointment.

Publication Rights

Copyright has not been assigned to the San Jacinto Museum of History. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Library Director. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the San Jacinto Museum of History as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.

Index Terms

Macomb, Rufus K.
Simms, Addie J.
White, Henry
White, Samuel
Liberty Volunteers
Confederate States of America. Army--Correspondence
Family records--Harris County (Tex.)
Harris County (Tex.)
Texas--History--Republic, 1836-1846
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Civilian relief
Commercial bulletin letter-sheet
To the citizens of Harris County

Administrative Information


[Identification of Item], Macomb-White Papers, MC035, San Jacinto Museum of History, Houston, Texas.


Lydia Macomb, 1960.

Processing Information

Processed by Sarah Canby Jackson, 2001.




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30.3 1 Addie J. Simms to Rufus King Macomb 1863-1864



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30.3 2 Receipts: Houston Academy 1859



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30.3 3 Military: Discharges, Permit 1835-1836, 1865


Printed Materials

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30.3 4 Broadside, Circular 1861, 1867