A Guide to the Edward Everett Papers, 1870
Born in London, England, Edward Everett (1818-1903) was the son of Charles Everett and Elizabeth Boyle. After moving with his family to Quincy, Illinois in 1840, Everett joined Captain James D. Morgan’s "Quincy Riflemen" company in 1843, fighting in the Mormon War. During the Mexican War, Morgan’s company reorganized, mustering into the United States Army as Company A of the 1st Illinois Volunteers. While serving as sergeant, Everett was wounded in San Antonio, Texas, where he created sketches and watercolors of various sites, including the Alamo and other missions, during his recovery. In addition, he supervised the renovations of the Alamo "Long Barracks," turning them into a storehouse for the United States Quartermaster’s Department. Following Everett’s service in the war, he lived briefly in Washington, D.C. and returned to Illinois, marrying Mary A. Billings in 1857.
Young, Kevin R. "Everett, Edward."Handbook of Texas Online. Accessed April 18, 2011. http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fev15.
Comprised of two unbound journals, the Edward Everett Papers, 1870, chronicle Everett’s experiences during the Mormon War in Hancock County, Illinois, and in Captain James D. Morgan’s Quincy Riflemen company, later Company A of the 1st Illinois Volunteers during the Mexican War. One journal describes tensions between Mormons and opponents to the Latter Day Saints, especially in Nauvoo, Illinois, and the ensuing conflict, while the second discusses life within the regiment. Both mention the Mexican War as well as Everett’s travels throughout Texas, especially in San Antonio.
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Edward Everett Papers, 1870, 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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