University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the John Sowers Brooks Letters, 1834-1856



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Brooks, John Sowers, 1814-1836
Title: Brooks, John Sowers, Letters
Dates: 1834-1856
Abstract: Correspondence composes the John Sowers Brooks Letters, 1834-1856, documenting Brooks’ experiences in the U. S. Marine Corps and the Texas Revolution as well as his family’s activities following his death in the Goliad Massacre.
Extent: 39 items
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

Born to Absalom H. Brooks in Staunton, Virginia, John Sowers Brooks (1814-1836) worked for the Staunton Spectator, before joining the United States Marine Corps in 1835. That November, he moved to Texas to fight in the Texas Revolution, serving as adjutant of the Georgia Battalion under the command of James W. Fannin, Jr., and participating in the Matamoros Expedition. In 1836, Brooks was appointed an aide to Fannin while also becoming chief engineer of the artillery, shortly before his death in the Goliad Massacre on March 27, 1836.

Source:

"Brooks, John Sowers."Handbook of Texas Online. Accessed May 5, 2011. http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fbr72.


Scope and Contents

Correspondence composes the John Sowers Brooks Letters, 1834-1856, documenting Brooks’ experiences in the U. S. Marine Corps and the Texas Revolution as well as his family’s activities following his death in the Goliad Massacre. The majority of correspondence consists of letters to his family members, describing Brooks’ service as adjutant and as an aide to James W. Fannin, Jr., in the Texas Army and the Matamoros Expedition. Letters written after Brooks’ death concern his family’s attempts to settle his estate.


Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.


Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Brooks, John Sowers, 1814-1836 -- Archives.
Fannin, James Walker, Jr., 1804-1836.
Brooks family.
Subjects (Organizations)
Texas. Army.
United States. Marine Corps.
Subjects
Matamoros Expedition (1835-1836).
Places
Goliad Massacre, Goliad, Tex., 1836.
Texas -- History -- Revolution, 1835-1836.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

John Sowers Brooks Letters, 1834-1856, 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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3H90 Correspondence, 1834-1856
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3S166 Oversize correspondence, 1835