A Guide to the George Rogers Clarke Papers, 1858-1862, 1959
Born in New York, George Rogers Clarke (b. 1828) moved to California and New Mexico as a young man, seeking a drier climate to alleviate his poor health after contracting tuberculosis in his youth. Following his service in the U. S. Army during the Mexican War, Clarke lived briefly in Galveston, Port Lavaca, and Powderhorn, Texas, engaging in the cattle trade. In 1858, he drove cattle from Indianola, Texas, to the Santa Anna River in California, though eventually found the enterprise unprofitable. An amateur inventor, Clarke crafted printing press machinery and breach loading guns, among other inventions. After Clarke’s service in the Confederate Army during the Civil War, he married Elizabeth M. Moran, with whom he had two daughters.
Comprised of a typescript of a journal, correspondence, and a photograph, the George Rogers Clarke Papers, 1858-1862, 1959, document Clarke’s cattle drive from Indianola, Texas, to the Santa Anna River in California, and his family history. The journal describes the cattle drive, various locations in Texas, and weather conditions (1858), while correspondence concerns Clarke’s inventions (1862) as well as his family history (1959). Additionally, the collection contains a photograph of Clarke.
This collection is open for research use.
George Rogers Clarke Papers, 1858-1862, 1959, 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