A Guide to the Isaac Millsaps Papers, 1836-1838
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.
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.
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.
This collection is open for research use.
Isaac Millsaps Papers, 1836-1838, 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.
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