A Guide to the William Clinton Chambers Family Papers, 1862-1897, [ca. 1943]
Born in Indiana, William Clinton Chambers (1836-1862) was one of thirteen children to Elisha and Margaret Ann (Mannon) Chambers, including Elijah Windsor (1840-1892) and James Milton (1844-1862). William, Elijah, and James served together in Captain John W. Kolfus’s company of the 16th Texas Cavalry Volunteer Regiment in the Confederate Army during the Civil War. William married Burrilla Morris (1841-1922) in 1861, and the couple bore a daughter, Mary Willie (b. 1862). Burrilla Chambers later married Albert Chandler.
Correspondence, a poem, and a genealogical narrative compose the William Clinton Chambers Family Papers, 1862-1897, [ca. 1943], and concern the military career of Chambers and the Chambers family. The correspondence, 1862, 1864, consists of letters to Burrilla Chambers from William Clinton Chambers, J. H. Chambers, J. A. Morris and S. M. Wood. The letters relate to health and personnel movements of Confederate camps in Texas and Arkansas, as well as the announcements of William’s and his brother J. M. Chambers’ deaths. The 1892 poem is written by Margaret Ann Chambers to her son Windsor, and the genealogical narrative is by Margaret Ann Chambers and Mary Willie Harris Nichols, 1897, [ca. 1943].
This collection is open for research use.
William Clinton Chambers Family Papers, 1862-1897, [ca. 1943], 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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