A Guide to the Gustav Wilhelm Eisenlohr Letters, 1850-1866
Gustav Wilhelm Eisenlohr (1811-1881) was a Lutheran minister in the Grand Duchy of Baden, now part of Germany. In 1848, he participated in the Hecker Uprising, which sought to overthrow the monarchy of Baden. After Eisenlohr was tried and convicted for his involvement, he fled to the United States, settling in New Braunfels, Texas, in 1849. Two years later, he succeeded Louis Cachand Ervendberg as minister of the Evangelical Lutheran Church. A staunch Republican, Eisenlohr advocated abolition and freedom of thought and religion. In 1878, he moved to Dallas, where he died in 1881.
The Gustav Wilhelm Eisenlohr Letters, 1850-1866, comprise of German letters from Eisenlohr to his friend Otto Helbing in Germany and an English translation. The missives describe Eisenlohr’s life in the United States as a German immigrant, especially in New Braunfels, Texas, and Cincinnati, Ohio, comparing it to life in Germany. The letters also deal with the personal and family concerns of Eisenlohr and Helbing.
This collection is open for research use.
Gustav Wilhelm Eisenlohr Letters, 1850-1866, 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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