A Guide to the Edward L. Hartz Reminiscences, 1866
Born in Pottsville, Pennsylvania, Edward L. Hartz (1832-1868) graduated from West Point Military Academy in 1855 and was subsequently appointed to the position of Second Lieutenant of Infantry in the United States Army. After serving briefly at Fort Columbus, New York, Hartz was reassigned to frontier duty in Texas. While there, he was involved in a skirmish with Apache Indians (1857); escorted exploratory parties (1857-1859); tested camels for transportation (1859); and participated in operations against Cortinas’ Mexican Marauders (1859-1860). In April 1861, Texas Insurgents captured Hartz in San Antonio and held him until August of the following year. During the Civil War, he served as a quartermaster in Washington, DC and was in charge of the Chattanooga Depot in Tennessee. In 1866, Hartz was promoted to Captain and reassigned to the Dakota Territory, where he died two years later.
Cullum, George Washington, and Wirt Robinson. Biographical register of the officers and graduates of the U. S. military academy at West Point, N. Y., from its establishment, in 1802, to 1890; with the early history of the United States military academy. Boston and New York: Houghton, Mifflin and Company, 1891.
Comprising a handwritten manuscript, the Edward L. Hartz Reminiscences, 1866, describe Hartz’s experiences with the United States military in Texas in 1861. The reminiscences include description of David Emmanuel Twiggs, United States commander of the Department of Texas during the Texas secession crisis.
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Edward L. Hartz Reminiscences, 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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