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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Note

Scope and Contents

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Inventory

University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Milton G. Howe Papers, 1844-1900



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Howe, Milton G., 1839-1902
Title: Howe, Milton G., Papers
Dates: 1844-1900
Abstract: 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.
Extent: 8 in.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

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).

Source:

Lienhard, John H. "No. 2033: Milton Grosvenor Howe."Engine of our Ingenuity. Houston Public Radio. Houston, TX: KUHF, 2005.

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Scope and Contents

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.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.

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Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Hill, George Washington, 1814-1860
Howe, Milton G., 1839-1902 -- Archives
Subjects (Organizations)
Confederate States of America. Army. Corps of Engineers
Subjects
Civil engineers -- Texas -- History -- 19th century
Indians of North America -- Texas -- History -- 19th century
Land tenure -- Texas -- History -- 19th century
Places
Galveston (Tex.) -- History -- 19th century
Houston (Tex.) -- History -- 19th century
Milam County (Tex.) -- History -- 19th century
Texas -- Maps -- 19th century
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Influence

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Related Material

See also Jesse Wade Briscoe Howe Papers, Herzstein Library, San Jacinto Museum of History, Houston, Texas.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Milton G. Howe Papers, 1844-1900, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The 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.

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Detailed Description of the Papers

 

Inventory

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2.325/K75c Descriptive list of African-Americans employed by the Engineering Department, 1865
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2E256 Correspondence, newspaper clippings, orders, reports, business and financial records, inventories, maps and drawings, 1844-1900
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2.116/OD1275 Muster rolls, 1865
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3Y24 Photographs

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