A Guide to the Terry's Texas Rangers Papers, 1882, 1907
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]," http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/EE/qke2.html (accessed June 2, 2010).
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.
This collection is open for research use.
Terry's Texas Rangers Papers, 1882, 1907, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
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