University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Reuben Marmaduke Potter Papers, 1825-1887.

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Potter, Reuben Marmaduke 1802-1890
Title: Potter, Reuben Marmaduke, Papers
Dates: 1825-1887
Abstract: The Reuben M. Potter Papers contain the poetry, correspondences, and scrapbook keepsakes of the soldier, author and customs officer Reuben Marmaduke Potter.
Accession No.: 71-166
Extent: 4.5 in.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

Born in New Jersey, Reuben Marmaduke Potter (1802-1890) was a solider, author, and customs officer. His long, varied military career in the Texas Army spanned from 1827, when he was captured in Matamoros, Tamaulipas, Mexico, during the Texas Revolution, until his retirement on June 30, 1882. During his service, Potter was secretary to Maj. Gen. Thomas S. Jessup and interpreter for José Antonio Navarro during the first Texas State Senate; captured by Confederate forces in San Antonio in 1861, and appointed captain in 1866. Potter extensively published poems and articles that often dealt with Texas history and was considered an expert on the history of the Alamo.


Bowen, Beryl V.Potter, Reuben Marmaduke. Handbook of Texas Online. Accessed Feb. 21, 2011.

Scope and Contents

The Reuben Marmaduke Potter Papers, 1825-1887, contain Potter’s 1836 reminiscences of his capture in Matamoros, Tamaulipas, Mexico; his book of poems, The Vision of Charles XI and Other Poems written between 1825 and 1884; and a scrapbook containing newspaper clippings and other personal memorabilia. His papers also contain correspondence, including one letter to Swante Palm.

Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Palm, Swante, 1815-1899--Archives
Potter, Reuben M. (Reuben Marmaduke), 1802-1890
Subjects (Organizations)
Texas. Army--History
Alamo (San Antonio, Tex.) -- Siege, 1836
Texas -- History--Republic, 1836-1846
Texas--History--Revolution, 1835-1836
Texas--History-- Civil War, 1861-1865
Texas--History, Military--19th century

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Reuben Marmaduke Potter Papers,1825-1887. 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.

Detailed Description of the Papers



2F322 Papers, 1878-1885Reminiscences of Matamoros, 1836
3E262 Book of Poems: The Vision of Charles XI and Other Poems, 1825-1884
3L461 Scrapbook, [ca. 1835-1887]