A Guide to the Edward Johns Papers, 1841-1845
A native of New Orleans, Louisiana, Edward Johns (b. ca. 1824) served in the Texas Navy during the 1840s. During his service, he was stationed on the schooner-of-war San Antonio and the sloop-of-war Austin.
Comprising correspondence, sketches, inventories, nautical records, a certificate, and a journal, the Edward Johns Papers, 1841-1845, chronicle Johns’ experiences serving in the Texas Navy. Correspondence concerns the murder of a lieutenant in the navy, inventories document officers on board the sloop-of-war Austin, and nautical records consist of rules for finding latitudes and longitudes as well as logs. Originals and Photostats of sketches depict ships and international flags, while a certificate pertains to Johns’ service in the navy. Additionally, the journal describes Johns’ activities aboard the schooner-of-war San Antonio, as well as the ship’s course and sailing conditions.
This collection is open for research use.
Edward Johns Papers, 1841-1845, 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