University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Isaac Millsaps Papers, 1836-1838



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Millsaps, Isaac, 1795-1836
Title: Millsaps, Isaac, Papers
Dates: 1836-1838
Abstract: Composed of photocopies of a letter and legal document, the Isaac Millsaps Papers, 1836-1838, document Millsaps’ activities in the Texas Revolution.
Accession No.: 63-060
Extent: 1/4 in.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

Born to Thomas Millsaps and Bathsheba Williams in Tennessee, Isaac Millsaps (1795-1836) married Mary Blackburn, with whom he had seven children. After enlisting in the Tennessee Militia in 1814, Millsaps moved with his family to Gonzales, Texas. He joined the Gonzales Ranging Company of Mounted Volunteers during the Texas Revolution, and was killed in the siege of the Alamo in 1836. A once famous letter allegedly written by Millsaps three days before his death at the Alamo has been posited as being a forgery.

Sources:

Curtis, Gregory. "Forgery Texas Style."Texas Monthly. March 1989.

Groneman, Bill. "Millsaps, Isaac."Handbook of Texas Online. Accessed July 14, 2011. http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fmi42.


Scope and Contents

Composed of photocopies of a letter and legal document, the Isaac Millsaps Papers, 1836-1838, document Millsaps’ activities in the Texas Revolution. The letter, which is thought to be a forgery, discusses the siege of the Alamo, while the legal document concerns his widow’s petition for the reinstatement of his land grant.


Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.


Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Millsaps, Isaac, 1795-1836 -- Archives.
Millsaps, Mary Blackburn.
Subjects (Organizations)
Texas. Army.
Subjects
Alamo (San Antonio, Tex.) -- Siege, 1836.
Forgery of manuscripts -- Texas -- History -- 19th century -- Sources.
Land grants -- Texas.
Places
San Antonio (Tex.) -- History -- 19th century -- Sources.
Texas -- History -- Republic, 1836-1846.
Texas -- History -- Revolution, 1835-1836.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Isaac Millsaps Papers, 1836-1838, 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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2Q85 Correspondence and legal document, 1836-1838