A Guide to the W. C. Swearingen Letters, 1930
A soldier of the Republic of Texas, William C. Swearingen (d. 1839) enlisted at Velasco on February 13, 1836. He joined Sam Houston’s army on the Colorado River and served in Company B of the Regular Infantry at the Battle of San Jacinto. With the reorganization of the army following the battle, Swearingen moved to Company A, First Regiment and was sent to Galveston Island and later the schooner Apollo. Promoted to the rank of sergeant, he resigned from the army in 1836.
Cutrer, Thomas W. “Swearingen, William C.” Handbook of Texas Online. Accessed March 1, 2011.
Correspondence between historical document researchers composes the W. C. Swearingen Letters, 1930, discussing and excerpting a letter from Swearingen to his brother Lemuel that describes Sam Houston’s campaign against Santa Anna and the Battle of San Jacinto. The letters between University of Texas Librarian Ernest W. Winkler and Shakespeare Association of America Secretary Myra B. Martin concern the provenance and value of the letter and contain quotes from Swearingen’s first-hand account of the battle.
This collection is open for research use.
W. C. Swearingen Letters, 1930, 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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