A Guide to the Indianola (Tex.) Letter, 1852
Charles [unknown surname] was a passenger on the 1852 maiden voyage of the steamship Independence from Galveston to Indianola, Texas. On March 26, the boat crashed off the coast of Matagorda Bay. Charles and his fellow passengers were not rescued for two days, during which time six lives were lost. Before departing from Galveston, he spent time in New Orleans.
Arnold, J. Barton, III. “Independence.” Handbook of Texas Online. Accessed January 25, 2011.
The Indianola (Tex.) Letter, 1852, contains a firsthand account by a man named Charles of the March 26, 1852, shipwreck of the Independence and the rescue of its passengers.
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Indianola (Tex.) Letter, 1852, 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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