A Guide to the David Crockett Burleson Family Papers, 1860-1898
Born in Bastrop County, Texas, David Crockett Burleson (1837-1911) was the son of Edward Burleson, Sr., and Sarah Owen. After attending Baylor University, Burleson enlisted in James Hughes Callahan’s company of Texas Rangers in 1855 and was appointed sergeant-at-arms of the Texas Senate. In 1861, he formed and served as lieutenant in Company B of the 32nd Texas Cavalry for the Confederate Army. That same year Burleson married Louisa Ware, with whom he had five children. Following the Civil War, he established a horse ranch near San Marcos and then settled in Buda. In 1894, he moved to Austin, where he worked for the capitol police force.
"Burleson, David Crockett."Handbook of Texas Online. Accessed May 7, 2011. http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fbu39.
Comprising a bound volume of Photostats of correspondence, military documents, newspaper clippings, and a photograph, the David Crockett Burleson Family Papers, 1860-1898, chronicle Burleson’s activities fighting in the Civil War as well his familial affairs. Correspondence consists of letters signed by Sam Houston and J. G. Walker granting Burleson leave, while military documents concern Burleson’s appointment as lieutenant and his discharge from the Confederate Army as well as including a muster roll. Additionally, newspaper clippings relate to the Burleson family and their contributions to Texas history, and a photograph depicts Burleson’s home near the San Marcos River.
This collection is open for research use.
David Crockett Burleson Family Papers, 1860-1898, 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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