A Guide to the James A. Bourland Papers, 1841-1896 (bulk 1861-1865)
Colonel James A. Bourland became an officer of the Army of the Republic of Texas in about 1837. During the Civil War, he commanded a Confederate regiment of Texas troops in the Red River Valley. Bourland later led forces on the Texas-Cherokee Nation border in what became Oklahoma.
Comprising negative microfilm reproductions of correspondence, orders, invoices, muster rolls, and other military documents, the James A. Bourland Papers, 1841-1896 (bulk 1861-1865), primarily chronicles Bourland's military career as commander of Texas troops in the Red River Valley during the Civil War and on the Texas-Cherokee Nation frontier. Copied from the originals held by the Library of Congress, the collection concerns the regiment's operations, relations between the people and governments of the Republic of Texas and the United States, the Cherokee Territory, and conflicts between Confederate and Union supporters during the Civil War.
Archivist's note: The James A. Bourland Papers are also available in positive microfilm as Roll #192B of the Ramsdell Collection of Southern History Documents. Additionally, a detailed inventory is available in the collection's holding record.
This collection is open for research use.
James A. Bourland Papers, 1841-1896 (bulk 1861-1865), 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.
Detailed Description of the Papers