University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the John Franklin Smith Letters, 1859-1865, 1884



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Smith, John Franklin
Title: Smith, John Franklin, letters
Dates: 1859-1865, 1884
Abstract: Comprising three bound copies of transcribed correspondence, the John Franklin Smith Letters, 1859-1865, 1884, contains missives from Smith and his family about life in Texas, travel in the southern United States, and military activties of Confederate soldiers during the Civil War.
Accession No.: 1951
Extent: 3 vols.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

John Franklin Smith and his sister Mary operated a ranch in Texas, traveling to Mexico to trade livestock and to Mississippi and Louisiana to visit family in 1859. During the Civil War, John served in the Confederate Army, residing in Galveston, Texas, near the end of the war.


Scope and Contents

Comprising three bound copies of transcribed correspondence, the John Franklin Smith Letters, 1859-1865, 1884, contains missives from Smith, his sister Mary, and others to the Smiths’ cousins in the Rowzee and Pickle families. The authors describe life as ranchers in Texas (1859, 1884); a trip to visit the Rowzees and other family in Texas, Mississippi, and Louisiana (1859); and events during the Civil War, including Mary’s home life in Texas and John and other relatives’ military activities as Confederate soldiers in Galveston, Texas, and Manassas Junction, Virginia (1861-1865).


Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.


Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Smith, John Franklin -- Archives.
Smith, Mary E.
Smith family.
Rowzee family.
Pickle family.
Subjects (Organizations)
Confederate States of America. Army -- Military life.
Subjects
Ranching -- Texas.
Places
Manassas (Va.) -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865.
Galveston (Tex.) -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865.
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865.
Texas -- History -- 19th century.
Southern States -- Travel and description.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

John Franklin Smith Letters, 1859-1865, 1884, 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

 

Inventory

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2R184 Letters, 1859-1884