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A Guide to the Jacques Arnold Papers, 1854-1865
Jacques Arnold was a native of Kruth, Alsace. He migrated and lived in the Goliad region of Texas around 1857-1858. The Alsation migration was part of a larger German migration to Texas which first flourished from 1830 to 1850. Many Alsatians came to Castroville, a small community uniquely European in design located outside San Antonio. Even today, inhabitants of Castroville still speak an Alsatian dialect largely unchanged from the 19th century. Arnold, however, migrated to the community of Goliad, closer to the Gulf Coast, yet still part of the larger "German belt" which stretches across south central Texas.
Four letters written in German to Jacques Arnold from his wife Joanna (Goliad, TX, January to September 1865). Eight letters written in German from various Arnold family members, Kruth, Alsace, to Jacques Arnold. Papers also contain documents relating to Jacques Arnold, including his birth certificate, declaration of his intent to enter the army (1856), passports (1854, 1865 French), a State of Texas oath of amnesty, and Goliad county voter registration.
Jacques Arnold Papers, The Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.