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Jefferson Peak Mexican War Diary Collection:

A Guide



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Paschal, R. L. (Robert Lee).
Title: Jefferson Peak Mexican War Diary Collection
Inclusive Dates: 1846-1942
Bulk Dates: 1942
Abstract: Beloved Fort Worth educator Robert Lee Paschal (1869-1958) became principal of the old Missouri Avenue elementary school in 1894. In 1906, he was appointed principal of Fort Worth High School. The senior high school grades moved in 1918 to the new Central High School. When age forced Paschal to retire as high school principal in 1935, Central was renamed R.L. Paschal High School in his honor. From 1935 to 1939, Paschal served as supervisor of junior and senior high school libraries. In 1942, Paschal was involved in a project to edit the Mexican War diary of Jefferson Peak (1801-1885). Peak kept the diary during his one year enlistment in the Gallatin Rangers of the Kentucky Volunteer Cavalry, May 19, 1846 - May 20, 1847. This regiment traveled through Arkansas and Texas on its way to Rio Grande City and then on to General Zachary Taylor's army in Monterey, Mexico. Paschal corresponded with a number of county school superintendents trying to locate place names mentioned in the Peak diary. This collection is comprised of Paschal's research on Jefferson Peak and the route he traveled, in addition to his research notes, draft narratives, and transcription of the Peak diary.
Identification: AR583
Extent: 1 box (0.2 linear ft.)
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: Special Collections, The University of Texas at Arlington Library

Biographical Note

Beloved Fort Worth educator Robert Lee Paschal was born in North Carolina. Educated at Wake Forest College, Paschal came to Fort Worth in 1894 to study law. That same year he passed the exam to become principal of the old Missouri Avenue elementary school (now gone), a position he retained for 12 years. In 1906, Paschal was appointed principal of Fort Worth High School, a building constructed in 1891 on a full city block bounded by Hemphill Street, Daggett Avenue, Jennings Avenue and Jarvis Street. This building burned in 1910 and a new high school opened at Jennings and Rosedale in 1911. The senior high school grades moved again in 1918 to the new Central High School at College and Cannon Streets. When age forced Paschal to retire as high school principal in 1935, Central was renamed R.L. Paschal High School in his honor. But his career with Fort Worth schools was not over. From 1935 to 1939, Paschal served as supervisor of junior and senior high school libraries. In 1955, he saw the high school move to its current location on Forest Park Boulevard and Berry Street.

In 1942, Paschal was involved in a project to edit and transcribe the Mexican War diary of Jefferson Peak. Peak kept the diary during his one year enlistment in the Gallatin Rangers of the Kentucky Volunteer Cavalry, May 19, 1846 - May 20, 1847. This regiment traveled through Arkansas and Texas on its way to Rio Grande City and then on to General Zachary Taylor's army in Monterey, Mexico. When he enlisted, Peak was a successful merchant, a Kentucky legislator, postmaster of Warsaw, Kentucky, and the father of seven children. In 1852, Peak returned to Texas with his son, Dr. Carroll Marion Peak, and settled in Dallas. The remainder of the family followed in 1855. Jefferson Peak died October 21, 1885, in his Dallas home and is buried in the Old Masonic Cemetery located near the Dallas Convention Center.


Scope and Contents

Correspondence, research notes, and writings. This collection is comprised of Paschal's research on Peak and the route he traveled, in addition to research notes, draft narratives, and transcription of the Peak diary. Paschal corresponded with a number of county school superintendents trying to locate place names mentioned in the Peak diary. The largest lot of letters was to and from noted Texas Ranger captain James Abijah Brooks, later county judge of Brooks County, and at the time superintendent of Brooks County Schools. Two older letters unassociated with Paschal's Peak project -- a 1939 letter from Paschal to Governor W. Lee O'Daniel and a 1940 letter from I. H. Burney to Paschal, president of the Fort Worth Historical Society -- are also included and reference historical topics.


 

Organization

The collection is arranged alphabetically.

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.


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
Brooks, James Abijah,--1855-1944--Correspondence.
Paschal, R. L. (Robert Lee), 1869-1958--Archives.
Peak, Jefferson,--1801-1885--Diaries.
Subjects
Mexican War, 1846-1848--Personal narratives, American.
Alternate Titles
Historical Manuscripts Collection

Related Material

Roberts, Edith Rydell (transcriber and editor). The Mexican War Logbook & Letters of Capt. Jefferson Peak (Richardson, TX: Descendants of Mexican War Veterans, 1996). (E413 .P33 1996)


Separated Material

Envelopes, carbon copies of transcriptions, and research notes were removed from the collection.


Administrative Information

Provenance

The materials were discovered in the attic of the Mildred Barnes residence at 2521 Fifth Avenue, Fort Worth. Gift of Jay and Millie Beavers, December 6, 2011.

Citation

Jefferson Peak Mexican War Diary Collection, AR583, Box Number, Folder Number, Special Collections, The University of Texas at Arlington Library.

Acquisition

Gift, December 6, 2011.

Accessioned as number 2012-40.

Processing Information

The collection was processed and arranged by Brenda S. McClurkin in July 2012.


Container List

 

Correspondence, 1939-1942, undated
Box Folder
1 2 Correspondence - J. A. Brooks, 1942
3 Jefferson Peak letter to son, Carroll Peak - Paschal transcription, November 4, 1846
4-6 Jefferson Peak diary - Draft narrative, [1942]
7 Jefferson Peak diary: From Kentucky to Mexico - Paschal transcription, undated
8 Jefferson Peak diary research notes, undated
9 Research materials: Fort Worth and Tarrant County, undated
10 Research materials: Fort Worth pioneers, undated