Albert and Ethel Herzstein Library, San Jacinto Museum of History

A. Carithers Papers

Manuscript Collection: MC160

Collection Summary

Creator: Carithers, A.
Title: A. Carithers papers
Dates: 1846
Abstract: Two letters from A. Carithers present an Indiana soldier's experiences of the beginning of the U.S-Mexican War.
Identification: MC160
Quantity: 4 items
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: Albert and Ethel Herzstein Library, San Jacinto Museum of History, La Porte, Texas

Creator Sketch

Alexander Carithers, volunteer soldier, was mustered in to Company C, 2nd Regiment of Indiana Volunteers, on June 20, 1846, and fought in the United States-Mexican War. He died February 25, 1847.

Scope and Content Note

The A. Carithers Papers are comprised of two letters documenting volunteer soldier A. Carithers during the U.S.-Mexican War who was stationed in Texas near the Rio Grande in the year 1846. The first is a letter dated July 28, 1846, from A. Carithers to William Harrison Athey in Putnam County, Indiana. Carithers describes his trip to Point Isabel as a member of the 2nd Regiment of Indiana Volunteers, and comments on the U.S.-Mexican War. The second letter, also written by Carithers, is to Harry H. Athey of Putnam County, Indiana, in which Carithers describes camp conditions along the Rio Grande and the soldier's lack of information pertaining to the war. Typed transcripts of both letters are included with these papers.


Arrangement is 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

Athey, William Harrison
Athey, Harry H.
Carithers, Alexander, d. 1847
United States. Army--Military life
Mexican War, 1846-1848--Campaigns--Texas

Administrative Information


[Identification of Item], A. Carithers Papers, MC160, San Jacinto Museum of History, Houston, Texas.


Purchased from Mrs. B. J. Barr, 1943.

Processing Information

Processed by Lisa M. Lomas, 2011.


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164.1 1 A. Carithers to William Harrison Athey 1846 July 28

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164.1 2 A. Carithers to Harry H. Athey 1846 November 8