University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Willis Lang Diary, 1860



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Lang, Willis L.
Title: Lang, Willis, Diary
Dates: 1860
Abstract: The Willis Lang Diary, 1860, is a typescript of the original diary where Willis L. Lang documents his experience as “high private” within Captain J.M. Smith’s company of the “Waco Rangers” between April and September 1860.
OCLC No.:
Extent: 1 item
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

Willis L. Lang, planter, Texas Ranger and Confederate Army officer, was born on November 29, 1830, in Wayne County, Mississippi. Willis read law in the office of his brother-in-law, Thomas P. Faulkner, in Alabama, but upon the death of his father in 1849 he returned to Mississippi to administer the plantation. He moved to Texas two years later and finally settled twelve miles from the Falls County community of Marlin by February 20, 1856. In April 1860 he enlisted in Captain J.M. Smith’s company of “Waco Rangers”; he served until the following September on a campaign against marauding Kickapoos and Comanches.

During the Secession War, Lang raised a company of lancers for Confederate service. The unit was assembled into the army at Camp Sibley near San Antonio on September 2, 1861. At the battle of Valverde on February 21, 1862, Lang suffered a severe wound and was left behind at the Socorro Hospital when General Henry H. Sibley’s army moved up the Rio Grande toward Albuquerque. Lang committed suicide on March 2, 1862, conscious of the fact that recovery was impossible.

Source:

Thomas W. Cutrer, "LANG, WILLIS L. ," Handbook of Texas Online, accessed December 01, 2015. Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Modified on March 15, 2012. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.


Scope and Contents

The Willis Lang Diary, 1860, is a typescript of the original diary where Willis L. Lang documents his experience as “high private” within Captain J.M. Smith’s company of the “Waco Rangers” between April and September 1860.


Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.


Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Lang, Willis L.--Archives
Subjects
Soldiers--Texas--Diaries
Texas Rangers--History--19th century--Sources
Genre/Form
Diaries
Places
Waco (Tex.)

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Willis Lang Diary, 1860, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by archives staff.


Detailed Description of the Papers

 

Inventory

box
2R77 Diary, April 2-September 7, 1860