A Guide to the Nathan Boone Burkett Reminiscences, 1895
Born in Jefferson City, Missouri, Nathan Boone Burkett (1820-1898) was the son of David Burkett, a family friend of Daniel Boone. In 1829, Burkett moved with his family to Texas, settling in Dewitt’s colony. After the Burkett family fled during the "Runaway Scrape" of 1836, they returned to the colony, which was invaded by the Mexican Army in 1842. Burkett became a scout in Captain Mathew Caldwell’s ranger company in the Texas Army, fighting in the Battle of Salado Creek in 1842, before he settled in Moulton, Texas, where he worked as a surveyor.
Comprising a typescript of an autobiography, the Nathan Boone Burkett Reminiscences, 1895, discusses Burkett’s experiences as a soldier, surveyor, and hunter as told to his son-in-law John T. Hogwood. The autobiography describes Burkett’s emigration with his family to Missouri to Texas, the "Runaway Scrape," life as a soldier in the Texas Army, and hunting deer and buffalo on the frontier.
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Nathan Boone Burkett Reminiscences, 1895, 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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