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Wharton, John Austin Papers, 1862-1866

25-0553 thru 25-0567

 

Historical Note

One time Commander of Terry’s Texas Rangers, Wharton, 1828-1865, was born in Nashville and brought to Galveston as a child. He attended the University of South Carolina and, in 1848, married Penelope Johnson, daughter of the Governor of that state. In 1859 Wharton was elected district attorney for the First judicial District of Texas.

He entered the Confederate Army as Captain of Company B, Terry’s Texas Rangers. Wounded at Shiloh and Murfreesboro, Wharton also participated in the Bardstown and Chickanauga campaigns, and became major general in 1863.

Scope Note

Collection Size: 15 items.

Papers are correspondence, general orders, biographical sketches and letters of introduction from the Civil War career of Wharton. The 1925 correspondence of Rosenberg Library accepting the donation of the papers is included.

Inventory

Accession Number
Description
Dates
25-0553 Correspondence from J. W. Harris to Frank C. Patten regarding donation of Wharton papers. Unsigned brief handwritten sketch about John A. Wharton.
n.d.
25-0554 Correspondence from B. F. Cheatham to Mrs. Wharton.On reverse, handwritten correspondence in pencil from E. P. Wharton to “cousin” dated December 20. December 16, 1866
25-0555 Correspondence from B. F. Cheatham to J. W. Harris discussing his opinion of General John A. Wharton. December 3, 1866
25-0556 Letter of introduction from Lt. Gen. L. Polk, to Lt. Gen. S. K. Smith March 15, 1864
25-0557 Letter of introduction from Maj. Gen. Howell Cobb to Maj. Gen. J. Bankhead Magruder March 4, 1864
25-0558 Letter of introduction from J. M. Withers to Lt. Gen. E. K. Smith March 12, 1864
25-0559 Letter of introduction from Maj. Gen. P.N. Cleburne to Lt. Gen. E. K. Smith March 3, 1864
25-0560 Letter of introduction from Maj. Gen. B. F. Cheatham to Lt. Gen. E. Kirby Smith March 3, 1864
25-0561 Letter of introduction from Maj. Gen. Alex P. Stewart to Lt. Gen. E. Kirby Smith March 1, 1864
25-0562 Letter of introduction from J. B. Hood to Lt. Gen. E. K Smith March 1, 1864
25-0563 Correspondence from Alex P. Stewart to Maj. Gen. John A. Wharton thanking him for his service. March 1, 1864
25-0564 Letter of introduction from Lt. Gen. W. Hardee to Lt. Gen. E. K. Smith February 29, 1864
25-0565 Letter of introduction from Secretary of War James A. Seddon to Lt. Gen. E. K. Smith February 23, 1864
25-0566 General Order No. 12 issued by Gen. L. Polk citing the gallantry of Col. Wharton at Bardstown, Kentucky. October 9, 1862
25-0567 Handwritten sketch of General John A. Wharton by R. F. Bunting, Chaplain of Terry’s Texas Rangers. [13 handwritten pages]  

Additional Manuscript Inventories can be accessed alphabetically below.

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