University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Terry's Texas Rangers Papers, 1882, 1907

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Terry's Texas Rangers
Title: Terry's Texas Rangers Papers
Dates: 1882, 1907
Abstract: Newspaper articles, poems, muster roll, and scrapbook concerning the Terry’s Texas Rangers, the 8th Texas Cavalry Regiment which served the Confederacy in Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia from 1861-1865.
Extent: 4 1/4 in.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Historical Sketch

Benjamin Franklin Terry organized and served as first commander of The Eighth Texas Cavalry, a group of Texas volunteers for the Confederate Army, popularly known as Terry's Texas Rangers, in August of 1861. The regiment started immediately for Virginia but was redirected to Nashville and then to Bowling Green, Kentucky. The Rangers are famous for their performances at the battles of Shiloh (April 6–8, 1862), Perryville (October 8, 1862), Murfreesboro (December 31, 1862–January 2, 1863), Chickamauga (September 19–20, 1863), and Chattanooga (November 24–25, 1863); as well as in the Atlanta campaign (May 1–September 2, 1864); and as raiders in Kentucky and Tennessee under Lt. Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest, who took over after Terry was killed in battle. The Eighth Texas Cavalry was one of the most effective and well-known Texas units to serve in the Civil War.

Source: Handbook of Texas Online, s.v. "Eighth Texas Cavalry [Terry’s Texas Rangers]," (accessed June 2, 2010).

Scope and Contents

The Terry’s Texas Rangers Papers, 1882, 1907, include newspaper articles, poems, a scrapbook, and a printed copy (1882) of the muster roll of Terry's Texas Rangers. The papers specifically relate to the 36th Annual Convention of Terry's Texas Rangers held in Austin (1907), at which time the Pompeo Coppini Texas Rangers statue was unveiled. In addition, the papers include speeches about the history of the Civil War regiment.


Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.

Use Restrictions

Unrestricted use.

Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Terry, Benjamin Franklin, 1821-1861
Giles, L. B.
Littlefield, George W. (George Washington), 1842-1920
Walker, Ida
Walker, John George, 1822-1893
Wharton, John A. (John Austin), 1806-1838
Subjects (Organizations)
Confederate States of America. Army. Texas Cavalry Regiment, 8th
Military service, Voluntary--United States
Brazoria County (Tex.)
Fort Bend County (Tex.)
Houston (Tex.)
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Terry's Texas Rangers Papers, 1882, 1907, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

Basic processing and cataloging of this collection was supported with funds from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) for the Briscoe Center’s History Revealed: Bringing Collections to Light project, 2009-2011.

Detailed Description of the Papers



2N229 Muster Roll of Terry's Texas Rangers, With Historical Remarks, compiled by John M. Claiborne, 1882
2Q491 Muster roll
2R206 Newspaper stories about Terry's Texas Rangers
Newspaper account of the thirty-sixth annual convention held in Austin, 1907
3M6 Scrapbook