A Guide to the Addison C. Hinton Papers, 1835-1853
Before joining the Texas Navy in 1837, Addison C. Hinton served in the United States Navy for seven years, lived in South America, worked as a clerk, and read for the law in Houston. By 1839, Hinton was commissioned as a commander in the Texas Navy and became captain of the Zavala, the first steam man-of-war in the Gulf of Mexico. He also commanded the San Bernard from September to November 1839. During that summer, Hinton purportedly saved the French ship Phaeton from wrecking. However, the French credited and rewarded Edwin W. Moore for the action.
In October 1839, Hinton arrived in New Orleans to refit and repair the Zavala as well as to recruit for the Texas Navy. However, the trip ended in disaster due to high repair costs, mass desertions, and poor recruitment. The navy relieved Hinton of his command in February 1840. He made several attempts to be reinstated in the Texas Navy, and in 1841 the Texas Congress determined that the navy could not dismiss an officer without a court martial. The court martial cleared Hinton of all charges, but did not reinstate him. Following this controversy, Hinton practiced law and in 1841 was elected Justice of the Peace in Galveston.
Source: Handbook of Texas Online, s.v. “Hinton, Addison C.,” http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/HH/fhi33.html (accessed July 20, 2010).
Correspondence, legal documents, business records, broadsides, and a literary production comprise the Addison C. Hinton Papers, 1835-1853, and relate to Hinton’s civil law practice and his business on behalf of the Texas Navy in New Orleans. Additionally, the papers relate to Hinton’s legal battle to obtain reinstatement in the Texas Navy.
The collection is open for research use.
Addison C. Hinton Papers, 1835-1853, 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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