University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Robert Franklin Bunting Papers, 1861-1865



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Bunting, Robert Franklin
Title: Bunting, Robert Franklin Papers
Dates: 1861-1865
Abstract: Correspondence, a diary, sermon materials, and first hand accounts comprise the Robert Franklin Bunting Papers, 1861-1865, and document Bunting’s activities as the chaplain of Terry’s Texas Rangers during the Civil War. The papers contain accounts of the Civil War, the actions of Terry’s Texas Rangers, and evidence of an army chaplain’s daily activities.
Accession No.: 1944; 1945; 1946; 1947; 1948; 95-266
Extent: 6 in.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

Robert F. Bunting (1828-1891) was a Presbyterian minister as well as the chaplain of Terry’s Texas Rangers. The Presbyterian Church sent Bunting, a Pennsylvanian born minister, to Texas as a missionary in 1852. By 1856, Bunting had established churches in La Grange, Columbus, Round Top, and San Antonio. Bunting helped form the Presbyterian Church of the Confederate States of America, by participating in the secession of the Southern Presbyterian Church from the Northern in 1861.

Bunting was the chaplain and historian for Terry’s Texas Rangers (the Eighth Texas Cavalry) starting in 1861 until the end of the Civil War in 1865. Additionally, Bunting served as a war correspondent for the Houston Daily Telegraph and Tri-Weekly Telegraph and the San Antonio Herald, contributing ninety-five letters concerning the actions of the regiment. Furthermore, during the war Bunting ran a private postal service as well as the Texas Hospital for Texas soldiers in Auburn, Alabama. Bunting continued to serve as a Presbyterian minister all over the South, including Tennessee, Georgia, and Texas, until his death in 1891.

Source: Handbook of Texas Online, s.v. "Bunting, Robert Franklin," http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/BB/fbu22.html (accessed June 30, 2010).


Scope and Contents

Correspondence, a diary, sermon materials, and first hand accounts comprise the Robert Franklin Bunting Papers, 1861-1865, and document Bunting’s activities as the chaplain of Terry’s Texas Rangers during the Civil War. The papers contain accounts of the Civil War, the actions of Terry’s Texas Rangers, and evidence of an army chaplain’s daily activities.


Restrictions

Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research use.


Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Bunting, R. F. (Robert Franklin), 1828-1891--Archives.
Terry, Benjamin Franklin, 1821-1861
Subjects (Organizations)
Confederate States of America. Army. Texas Cavalry Regiment, 8th
Cumberland Presbyterian Church. Synod of Texas
Subjects
Atlanta Campaign, 1864.
Places
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Medical care.
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Chaplains.
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Regimental histories.
Auburn (Ala.)
San Antonio (Tex.)

Related Material

See also the Henry S. Bunting Papers


Separated Material

Some material separated to the Artifact Collection. List of separated items in 3H40.


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Robert Franklin Bunting Papers, 1861-1865, 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
3H40 Correspondence, 1861-1865
Diary, 1863
box
2Q456 Typescript of letters:
Volume I, November 1861-June 1863
(2 copies)
Volume II, July 1863-April 1865
(2 copies)
box
2Q457 Robert F. Bunting diary typescript, 1863
(2 copies)