A Guide to the J. J. Kilpatrick, Sr. Papers, 1913-1938
A resident of Candelaria, Texas, merchant and Justice of the Peace J. J. Kilpatrick, Sr. gained notoriety during the Mexican Revolution due to his articles criticizing the U. S. Army presence in Candelaria. After the military entered Candelaria to quell border raids and implemented a press blackout, Kilpatrick began writing articles critical of military actions in the area. After the El Paso Times stopped printing his articles, Kilpatrick began publishing his own circulars attempting to debunk the army’s claims.
Consisting of J. J. Kilpatrick’s bound memoir, court-martial proceedings, newspaper articles, correspondence, circulars, and an obituary, the J. J. Kilpatrick Sr. Papers, 1913-1938, document various incidents that occurred in the Big Bend border area during the Mexican Revolution. His memoir and circulars discuss numerous incidents and attempts to debunk the military’s claims, particularly regarding the events in the late 1910s. The court-martial Photostat regards the case of James Yancey, who was accused of killing a Mexican civilian. An obituary details the life of John Simpson Howard Howard, who married Kilpatrick’s niece, Mary Kilpatrick Howard. Additionally, correspondence to Mary Howard reports the circumstances of her husband’s murder.
This collection is open for research use.
J. J. Kilpatrick, Sr. Papers, 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