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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Note

Scope and Contents

Restrictions

Index Terms

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Inventory

University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Nicholas A. Davis Papers, 1835-1893



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Davis, Nicholas A., 1834-1894
Title: Davis, Nicholas A., papers
Dates: 1835-1893
Abstract: Comprising photocopies of a diary, financial and legal records, correspondence, and newspaper clippings, the Nicholas A. Davis Papers, 1835-1893, document Davis’ career as a farmer, Cumberland Presbyterian Church minister, and chaplain of the 4th Texas Infantry of the Confederate Army during the Civil War.
Accession No.: 63-044
Extent: 3 in.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

Born to legislator Nathaniel Davis in Limestone County, Alabama, Nicholas A. Davis (1824-1894) was ordained in the Cumberland Presbyterian Church. In 1852, he married Nancy Worthington in White Plains, and the couple had two daughters before moving to Bastrop, Texas, in 1857. The next year, Nancy bore a son, but both she and the child died before the start of the Civil War. In 1861, Davis became a chaplain of the 4th Texas Infantry Regiment in Hood's Brigade of the Confederate Army. While serving in Virginia, he established the Texas Hospital to care for wounded soldiers and praised Hood’s Brigade in his book Campaign from Texas to Maryland, with the Battle of Fredericksburg (1863). Upon returning to Texas in 1865, he married the widow Eliza Elizabeth Coley Radford, with whom he had four children. While continuing to preach, Davis also founded a commercial peach orchard in Jacksonville and served as a trustee of Trinity University for twenty years.

Source:

Everett, Donald E. "Davis, Nicholas A."Handbook of Texas Online. Accessed May 17, 2011. http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fda46.

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Scope and Contents

Comprising photocopies of a diary, financial and legal records, correspondence, and newspaper clippings, the Nicholas A. Davis Papers, 1835-1893, document Davis’ career as a minister, farmer, and chaplain of the 4th Texas Infantry of the Confederate Army during the Civil War. Davis’ diary, 1861-1866, describes his activities as a Confederate chaplain, identifies the names and injuries of soldiers, lists his financial accounts, and contains the text of sermons and funeral orations. Bills, account statements, tax receipts, and other financial documents illuminate his farming activities, insurance, and family expenses. Deeds, surveys, grants, agreements, and other legal records chronicle the transfer of land in Texas. Additionally, correspondence discusses Davis’ business and family affairs, while newspaper clippings pertain to farming innovations, events of the Civil War, the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, and his life.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.

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Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Davis, Nicholas A., 1834-1894 -- Archives.
Davis family.
Subjects (Organizations)
Confederate States of America. Army. Texas Brigade.
Confederate States of America. Army. Texas Infantry Regiment, 4th -- Chaplains.
Cumberland Presbyterian Church -- Clergy.
Subjects
Farms -- Texas.
Land use -- Texas.
Places
Texas -- History -- 19th century -- Sources.
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Chaplains.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Nicholas A. Davis Papers, 1835-1893, 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.

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Detailed Description of the Papers

 

Inventory

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2Q85 Diary, 1861-1866
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4K563-4K564 Papers, 1835-1893

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