John C. Robinson Letters to Elisha M. Pease:
John C. Robinson enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1845 and served as commissary and later a regimental and brigade quartermaster in the 5th Infantry. During a distinguished U.S. Army career, he was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for valor during the Civil War, and retired a brigadier general in 1869. Robinson was also elected Lieutenant Governor of New York in 1872 and later served as commander-in-chief of the Grand Army of the Republic.
This collection is comprised of twenty letters written by John C. Robinson to his brother-in-law, politician and future governor of Texas, Elisha M. Pease (1812-1883) of Brazoria. Sixteen Mexican War letters begin from New Orleans Barracks on October 3, 1845, shortly after his U.S. Army enlistment, and conclude at Camp Jefferson Davis in East Pascagoula, Mississippi on September 2, 1848. Six of the letters were written from Texas, four from Camp Corpus Christi, one from aboard the steamboat Rough & Ready on the Rio Grande, and one from camp on the Rio Grande opposite Matamoros, Mexico. In addition to observations on troop and supply movements, Robinson comments on political and military topics, and reports news of family and friends. Four additional letters are dated in 1853, 1856, 1869, and 1882. One penned from Fort Phantom Hill (near current-day Abilene) in January 1853 contains a detailed description of the setting of the fort, the furnishing of his quarters, and “some excitement with the Comanches.” In the 1882 letter, Robinson seeks million+ acre tracts of Texas land for English investors.
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John C. Robinson Letters to Elisha M. Pease, 1845-1848, GA51, Special Collections, The University of Texas at Arlington Library.
Accessioned as number 2009-42.
The finding aid was prepared by Brenda S. McClurkin on August 17, 2011.