A Guide to the Milton G. Howe Papers, 1844-1900
Born in Texas, Milton Grosvenor Howe (1839- 1902), studied civil engineering at Dartmouth College before becoming employed in railway construction. Howe worked in Illinois until the outbreak of the Civil War, after which he joined the Confederate Army as a captain in the 1st Battalion of Engineers. After the war, Howe became chief engineer and superintendent for the Texas Central Railroad. In 1873, he married Jesse Wade Briscoe (1845-1920), with whom he had one child, Joseph Milton Howe (b. 1874).
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Comprised of correspondence, financial and business documents, orders, records, circulars, muster rolls, reports, inventories, newspaper clippings, drawings and maps, and photographs, the Milton G. Howe Papers, 1844-1900, document Howe’s career as a civil engineer, as a captain in the 1st Battalion of Engineers in the Confederate Army during the Civil War, and as a landowner in Houston. Correspondence concerns military matters (1863-1865), as well as personal and business issues (1895-1900). In addition, the correspondence includes an 1844 letter from Secretary of War George Washington Hill regarding Native American depredations in Milam County, Texas. Newspaper clippings pertain to the legacy of the Confederacy and the city of Houston (1898-1900), while business and financial records consist of receipts and tax notices (1893-1900). Other military documents include general and special orders, circulars, commissions, Quartermaster’s records, muster rolls, inventories of soldiers transferred to the 1st Engineers Battalion, and reports of African-Americans employed in the construction of pontoon bridges on the San Bernard River, Texas (1862-1865). In addition, the collection contains Howe’s Amnesty Oath to the United States (1865); maps of Cedar Bayou, Lavaca Bay, and Cavallo Pass, Texas; drawings and plans of pontoon bridges; and family photographs.
This collection is open for research use.
Milton G. Howe Papers, 1844-1900, 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.
Detailed Description of the Papers