A Guide to the James W. Freeman Papers, 1860-1911
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.
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).
This collection is open for research use.
James W. Freeman Papers, 1860-1911, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, 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