A Guide to the Desmond Pulaski Hopkins Papers, [ca. 1855]-1873
Soldier, historian, and public official, Desmond Pulaski Hopkins (1838-1918) lived in Lamar County, Texas, until 1855, when he moved to San Marcos. He served as a notary public before joining the Confederate Army during the Civil War. In 1861, Hopkins became a lieutenant in the Frontier Regiment of Company F in the 33rd Texas Cavalry. The Frontier Regiment comprised of Texas Rangers authorized by the Texas Legislature to protect the northern and western frontier of Texas. After the war, Hopkins served as deputy United States marshal, Hays County district clerk, Hays County commissioner, and San Marcos city assessor and collector, a position he held for 25 years. As an amateur historian and journalist, Hopkins wrote on Texas history for Hays County newspapers and the Dallas Herald.
Handbook of Texas Online, "Hopkins, Desmond Pulaski,"http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/HH/fho54.html (accessed October 13, 2010).
Handbook of Texas Online, "Frontier Regiment,"http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/FF/qjf1.html (accessed October 13, 2010).
A diary and scrapbook compose the Desmond Pulaski Hopkins Papers, [ca. 1855]-1873, and document his Confederate military experiences and work as an amateur Texas historian and journalist. The diary, 1862-1865, describes Hopkins’ Civil War experiences while serving in the Frontier Regiment of Company F in the 33rd Texas Cavalry. The scrapbook, [ca. 1855]-1873, consists of newspaper articles by Hopkins about the early history of Hays County and San Marcos, including a visit by Sam Houston.
This collection is open for research use.
Desmond Pulaski Hopkins Papers, [ca. 1855]-1873, 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.
Detailed Description of the Papers