University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Charles S. DeMontel Papers, 1852-1863

Descriptive Summary

Creator: DeMontel, Charles S., 1812-1882
Title: Charles S. DeMontel Papers
Dates: 1852-1863
Abstract: Papers relate to the career of Charles S. DeMontel (1812-1882), engineer, surveyor, guide, Medina County clerk, soldier, sailor, and rancher.
Extent: 6 items; manuscript, cartographic
Laguage: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History,The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

Charles S. DeMontel (1812-1882) was born in Königsberg, Prussia, and emigrated to Texas in 1837. He met Henri Castro and joined his employ as an aide, guide, and land surveyor in 1839, and he led colonists from Indianola to the Castro land grant in 1844. DeMontel commanded a company of Texas Rangers in 1848 who camped at the site that was later called Fort Lincoln. In the 1850s, in partnership with John Hunter Herndon and John James, DeMontel acquired land, plotted a townsite, and sponsored Polish settlers in what became the town of Bandera. He became the first Medina County clerk and was the Medina County delegate to the Texas Secession Convention in 1861. During the Civil War, DeMontel served as provost marshal of Bandera and Medina counties, captain of a Confederate cavalry company, and commander of the Confederate steamer Texas.

Scope and Contents

Papers relate to commerce and military affairs in the career of DeMontel, his relationship with John James and John Hunter Herndon, and his surveying of Fort Lincoln, Texas. Included are letters, military orders, a map of Fort Lincoln made in 1856, and photostats of two partnership agreements.


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Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
DeMontel, Charles S., 1812-1882.
Bee, Hamilton Prioleau, 1822-1897.
Castro, Henri, 1786-1865.
Gray, Edwin Fairfax, 1829-1884.
Herndon, John H. (John Hunter), 1813-1878.
James, John, 1819-1877.
Lubbock, Francis Richard, 1815-1905.
Bandera County (Tex.)
Bandera (Tex.)
Bexar County (Tex.)
Blanco County (Tex.)
Castroville (Tex.)
Indianola (Tex.)
Medina County (Tex.)
Palacios (Tex.)
San Antonio (Tex.)
Uvalde County (Tex.)
Medina County (Tex.)--History.
Bandera County (Tex.)--History.
Forts & fortifications--United States--1820-1880.
Confederate States of America. Army. Texas Cavalry.
Legal documents--Texas.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Charles S. DeMontel Papers, 1852-1863, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Detailed Description of the Papers



2D55 Legal documents relating to the partnership with John James and John H. Herndon and to Charles DeMontel's service under the Confederate Government, 1852-1863
2J98 Map of Fort Lincoln, Bexar, 1856