A Guide to the Edward Burleson, Jr. Papers, 1821, 1851-1891
Edward Burleson, Jr. was born on November 26, 1826 in Tennessee to Edward and Sarah (Owen) Burleson and moved to Texas in 1830. During his long career as a soldier, Burleson fought in the Mexican War with Benjamin McCulloch’s Texas Mounted Volunteers, served in the Texas Rangers as a lieutenant and major with John S. Ford (1856-1857), and fought as a major during the Civil War. In 1875, Burleson was a delegate from the Twenty-first District to the Constitutional Convention and sat on the committee to locate a penitentiary in East Texas. He died in Austin on May 12, 1877.
Source: Handbook of Texas Online, s.v. “Edward Burleson, Jr.,” http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/BB/fbu41.html (accessed May 18, 2010).
Correspondence, military orders, muster rolls, circulars, broadsides, newspaper clippings, financial papers, legal documents, field notes, and deeds comprise the papers of Edward Burleson, Jr. (1826-1877). The papers relate to Burleson’s career as a soldier and politician. Specifically, they document Burleson’s service as a Texas Mounted Volunteer in the Mexican War, as a Texas Ranger (1856-1857), as a member of the Texas Mounted Rifles in the Civil War, and as a delegate to the Constitutional Convention in 1875. Furthermore, the papers deal with road building in Texas and the protection of the frontier.
The collection is open for research use.
Edward Burleson, Jr. Papers, 1821, 1851-1891, 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.
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