University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the James W. Freeman Papers, 1860-1911



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Freeman, James W.
Creator: Freeman family
Title: Freeman, James. W, Family Papers
Dates: 1860-1911
Abstract: Consisting of correspondence, legal documents, and accounts, and transcripts, the James W. Freeman Papers, 1860-1911, chronicle the lives of James W. Freeman and his family.
Accession No.: 1935
Extent: 37 items
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

Navasota, Texas, resident James W. Freeman served in the Confederate Army during the Civil War, writing to his family from Brownsville; Bastrop; and Matamoros, Mexico. During this time, his wife Sophie remained at home and daughters Laura and Lula attended schools in Minden, Louisiana, and Marshall, Texas. Freeman’s son James M. Freeman also fought for the Confederacy and wrote to his family from Brownsville and Niblett’s Bluff, Louisiana.


Scope and Contents

Consisting of correspondence, legal documents, and accounts, and transcripts, the James W. Freeman Papers, 1860-1911, chronicle the lives of James W. Freeman and his family. The bulk of the collection is composed of letters, most written during the Civil War to Laura and Lula Freeman at school, from Freeman, his wife Sophie Freeman, his son James M. Freeman, and other family and friends concerning life during the war and the military activities of Freeman and his son. Additionally, the collection includes several tuition bills (1862, 1865) for the Freeman daughters, an account of loan repayment (1862), and a letter from the State of Texas appointing Freeman administrator of the estate of W. A. and C. J. Freeman (1871).


Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.


Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Freeman family -- Archives
Freeman, James M.
Freeman, James W. -- Archives
Freeman, Laura
Freeman, Lula
Freeman, Sophie
Subjects (Organizations)
Confederate States of America. Army. -- Military life.
Places
Louisiana -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865
Texas -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865

Related Material

See also Ira M. Freeman Papers.


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

James W. Freeman Papers, 1860-1911, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

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

 

Inventory:

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2D169 Correspondence, 1836-1864, undated
Legal document, 1849
Account papers, 1858-1862
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2Q515 Transcript of papers