University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Sherwood Y. Reams Letter, 1836



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Reams, Sherwood Y., 1812-1887
Title: Reams, Sherwood Y., Letter
Dates: 1836
Abstract: The Sherwood Y. Letter, 1836, documents Reams’ experiences as a soldier during the Texas Revolution.
Extent: 1 item
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

Born in Spartinburg, South Carolina, Sherwood Young Reams (1812-1887) lived in Tennessee before immigrating to Texas in 1835. During the Texas Revolution, Reams served in Captain James C. Neill’s regiment and helped defend the Alamo. Although he was discharged on account of his health, he reenlisted in the Texas Army in July 1836. After being honorably discharged three months later, Reams married Sarah Atkinson the following year. Two years after Sarah’s death in 1853, he married Mary Backman and the couple lived in Peach Creek until 1870, when they moved to Buckhorn.

Sources:

Meischen, Betty Smith. From Jamestown to Texas: A History of Some Early Pioneers of Austin County. Lincoln, Neb.: Writer’s Showcase, 2002.

Morris, Bill. "Reams, Sherwood Young." Rootsweb. Accessed August 9, 2011. http://listsearches.rootsweb.com/th/read/TX-REVOLUTION/2001-07/0994134854.


Scope and Contents

The Sherwood Y. Letter, 1836, documents Reams’ experiences as a soldier during the Texas Revolution. The letter discusses the activities of Ben Milam, Sam Houston, and Stephen F. Austin, among others, while also describing the battles of Gonzales and San Jacinto, and the siege of the Alamo.


Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.


Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Austin, Stephen F. (Stephen Fuller), 1793-1836.
Bowie, James, d. 1836.
Fannin, James Walker, 1804?-1836.
Houston, Sam, 1793-1863.
Milam, Benjamin Rush, 1788-1835.
Reams, Sherwood Y., 1812-1887 -- Archives.
Santa Anna, Antonio López de, 1794?-1876.
Subjects (Organizations)
Texas. Army.
Subjects
Alamo (San Antonio, Tex.) -- Siege, 1836.
Gonzales, Battle of, Gonzales, Tex., 1835.
San Jacinto, Battle of, Tex., 1836.
Places
Texas -- History -- Revolution, 1835-1836.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Sherwood Y. Reams Letter, 1836, 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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2G23 Letter, 1836