University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Edward Burleson, Jr. Papers, 1821, 1851-1891



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Burleson, Edward, Jr.
Title: Burleson, Edward, Jr., Papers
Dates: 1821, 1851-1891
Abstract: 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.
Accession No.: 1924
Extent: 3 in.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

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).


Scope and Contents

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.


Restrictions

Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research use.


Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Burleson, Edward, Jr., 1826-1877--Archives.
McCulloch, Ben, 1811-1862.
Burleson, Edward, 1798-1851.
Subjects (Organizations)
Texas. Constitutional Convention (1875)
Subjects
Mexican War, 1846-1848--Texas.
Places
Texas--History--Civil War, 1861-1865.
Hays County (Tex.)

Related Material

See also the Albert Sidney Burleson Papers.

See also the Edward Burleson, Sr. Papers.

See also at the Briscoe Center the Aaron Burleson Genealogy, the Adele Burleson Papers, the Lucy Emma Kyle Burleson Scrapbook, the Davy Crockett Burleson Family Papers, the Jonathon Burleson Papers, the Richard Byrd Burleson Papers, and the Rufus Columbus Burleson Papers.


Separated Material

Some items have been separated to the Texas Collection and Broadside Collection. See list in box 2B158.


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Edward Burleson, Jr. Papers, 1821, 1851-1891, 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

 

Inventory

box
2B158 Letters, 1854-1876 and undated
Financial records and receipts, 1856-1858 and 1865-1875
Legal documents, 1851-1875 and undated
Muster rolls, 1862-1865 and undated
Military orders, 1858-1865
Miscellaneous circulars and broadsides, ca. 1868-1887
Newspaper clippings, ca. 1855-1891
Miscellaneous papers, 1821, 1860-1865, and undated
box
3S167 Oversize materials
box
2.116/OD1220 Oversize materials