University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the James Larson Memoirs, [ca. 1929]



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Larson, James, d. 1921
Title: Larson, James, Memoirs
Dates: [ca. 1929]
Abstract: Composed of two volumes, the James Larson Memoirs, [ca. 1929], chronicle Larson’s experience as a soldier serving in the Union Army during the Civil War as well as his immigration to Fredericksburg, Texas.
Accession No.: 64-098
Extent: 2 vols.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

A native of Wisconsin, James Larson (d. 1921) served in Union Army during the Civil War before immigrating to Fredericksburg, Texas, in 1869. Although he moved to Texas with the intention of purchasing a farm for his father, the latter’s death compelled Larson to stay on the farm. Three years later, he married Susanna Zenner, with whom he had two daughters. In addition to his work as a farmer, Larson served as justice of the peace while also teaching English at the Cave Creek School from 1882 through 1892. In 1897, he became the Postmaster for Fredericksburg and began writing a book on his experiences as a soldier during the Civil War.


Scope and Contents

Composed of two volumes, the James Larson Memoirs, [ca. 1929], chronicle Larson’s experience as a soldier serving in the Union Army during the Civil War as well as his immigration to Fredericksburg, Texas. The memoirs also discuss his childhood in Wisconsin, life in Fredericksburg as a farmer and justice of the peace, and his familial affairs.


Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.


Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Larson, James, d. 1921 -- Archives.
Larson family.
Subjects
Agriculture -- Texas -- Fredericksburg.
Frontier and pioneer life -- Texas -- Fredericksburg.
Places
Fredericksburg (Tex.) -- History -- Sources.
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Personal narratives.
Wisconsin -- History -- Sources.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

James Larson Memoirs, [ca. 1929], 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.


Detailed Description of the Papers

 

Inventory

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2L158 Memoirs, [ca. 1929]