University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the John E. Campbell Letters, 1858-1861



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Campbell, John E.
Title: Campbell, John E., Letters
Dates: 1858-1861
Abstract: The John E. Campbell Letters, 1858-1861, written by Campbell to his brother concern his health and farm, Indian threats on the frontier, the Cortina Wars, the national political scene, and local conditions. He also discusses Texas politics related to the split in the Democratic party, rise of the Know-Nothing party, and political candidacy and elections. The letters also concern the threatened duel between Anthony Banning Norton and John Marshall, Secession resolutions in Texas Legislature, Secession Convention, beginning of Civil War in Texas, mobilization of troops, disruption of mail service, unreliability of rumors, and change-over from cotton to foodstuffs production.
Extent: 11 items
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

John E. Campbell was a teacher and farmer in Austin and Mountain Home, Texas.


Scope and Contents

The John E. Campbell Letters, 1858-1861, written by Campbell to his brother concern his health and farm, Indian threats on the frontier, the Cortina Wars, the national political scene, and local conditions. He also discusses Texas politics related to the split in the Democratic party, rise of the Know-Nothing party, Sam Houston’s gubernatorial candidacy (1859) and proposed presidential candidacy (1860), senatorial candidacies of Louis Trezevant Wigfall and Lemuel Dale Evans, election of John Henninger Reagan to U. S. Congress (1859), and election of Francis Menefee White as commissioner of General Land Office. The letters also concern the threatened duel between Anthony Banning Norton and John Marshall, Secession resolutions in Texas Legislature, Secession Convention, beginning of Civil War in Texas, mobilization of troops, disruption of mail service, unreliability of rumors, and change-over from cotton to foodstuffs production.


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Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Campbell, John E.
Houston, Sam, 1793-1863
Baker, William M. (Willliam Mumford), 1825-1883.
McKinney, Thomas Freeman, 1801-1871.
Wigfall, Louis T. (Louis Trezevant), 1816-1874.
Evans, Lemuel D. (Lemuel Dale), 1810-1877.
Reagan, John H. (John Henninger), 1818-1905.
White, Francis Menefee, 1811-1897
Norton, A. Banning (Anthony Banning), 1821-1893
Marshall, John
Subjects (Organizations)
American Party -- Texas.
Democratic Party (U.S.)
Texas. Convention (1861).
Subjects
Elections -- Texas.
Places
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865.
Texas -- Politics and government -- 1846-1865.
Austin (Tex.)
Travis County (Tex.)
Mountain Home (Tex.)

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

John E. Campbell Letters, 1858-1861, 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.


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2J143 Letters, 1858-1861