A Guide to the Jeremiah Yellot Dashiell Papers, 1848-1906
Jeremiah Yellot Dashiell (1804-1888) was born in Baltimore, Maryland, in 1804. After receiving his medical degree from the University of Baltimore at age nineteen, he started a medical practice in Louisville, Kentucky. Additionally, Dashiell founded and taught at the Louisville Medical College. He also practiced medicine in Mississippi and New Orleans, Louisiana.
President James K. Polk appointed Dashiell a paymaster in the army in 1846. In 1849, Dashiell became a major and traveled to San Antonio as a paymaster with General William Jenkins Worth. He left the service in 1858. In 1862, he joined the Confederate Army as a colonel and became assistant adjutant general and inspector general of state troops on the staff of Governor Francis R. Lubbock. Following the Civil War, he became the editor of the San Antonio Herald. As a newspaper editor during Reconstruction, Dashiell did much to promote the cause of harmony between ex-Confederates and Unionists.
Source: Handbook of Texas Online, s.v. "Dashiell, Jeremiah Yellot," http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/DD/fda17.html (accessed July 28, 2010).
Correspondence, legal papers, diaries, account books, memorandum books, a scrapbook, clippings, and broadsides comprise the Jeremiah Yellot Dashiell Papers, 1848-1906, and relate to Dashiell’s military career, personal life, and son-in-law, W. T. Mechling. The papers include Dashiell’s correspondence, diaries, account books, and scrapbook. Additionally, the papers contain Mechling’s diaries, military papers, and essay book documenting his career as a Civil War soldier and civil engineer in Central America.
The collection is open for research use.
Jeremiah Yellot Dashiell Papers, 1848-1906, 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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