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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Note

Scope and Contents

Organization

Restrictions

Index Terms

Administrative Information

University of Texas Arlington

John C. Robinson Letters to Elisha M. Pease:

A Guide



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Robinson, John C.
Title: John C. Robinson Letters to Elisha M. Pease
Inclusive Dates: 1845-1882
Bulk Dates: 1845-1848
Abstract: 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 letters were written during the Mexican War between 1845 and 1848 posted from New Orleans Barracks, Camp Corpus Christi, from aboard the steamboat Rough & Ready on the Rio Grande, from camp on the Rio Grande opposite Matamoros, Mexico, and Camp Jefferson Davis in East Pascagoula, Mississippi. Four additional letters, 1853 to 1882, include one penned from Fort Phantom Hill in January 1853 and an 1882 letter seeking million+ acre tracts of Texas land for English investors.
Identification: GA51
Extent: 1 folder (0.10 linear ft.)
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: Special Collections, The University of Texas at Arlington Library

Biographical Note

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.

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Scope and Contents

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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Organization

The letters are arranged chronologically.

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Restrictions

Access

Open for research.

Literary Rights Statement

Permission to publish, reproduce, distribute, or use by any and all other current or future developed methods or procedures must be obtained in writing from Special Collections, The University of Texas at Arlington Library. All rights are reserved and retained regardless of current or future development or laws that may apply to fair use standards.

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Index Terms

These materials are indexed under the following headings in the catalog of The University of Texas at Arlington Library. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons or places should search the catalog using these headings.
Persons
Robinson, John C.--1817-1897--Archives.
Pease, Elisha Marshall--1812-1883--Archives.
Subjects
Mexican War, 1846-1848--Personal narratives, American.
Places
Corpus Christi (Tex.)--History.
Fort Phantom Hill (Tex.)--History.
Alternate Titles
Historical Manuscripts Collection

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Administrative Information

Provenance

Gift/purchase of Michael Vinson, 2009.

Citation

John C. Robinson Letters to Elisha M. Pease, 1845-1848, GA51, Special Collections, The University of Texas at Arlington Library.

Acquisition

Gift/purchase, 2009.

Accessioned as number 2009-42.

Processing Information

The finding aid was prepared by Brenda S. McClurkin on August 17, 2011.

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