Henry Watson Letters
Scope and Contents
Civil War letters from Watson, Rusk County soldier, to his parents and sister while serving in the Texas Cavalry. Also include service records, receipt for a gun, and a pension application. This is a collection of photocopied material.
Language of Materials
The collection is in English.
Conditions Governing Access
Open for research.
Biographical or Historical Information
Henry Watson was born c.1839 in Panola County, Texas to William and Nancy Barcenia (Lindsey) Watson. They lived in the Holland Quarters Community of Panola County, on land granted to Nancy's mother Catherine Lindsey when she migrated to Texas in the spring of 1836.
Henry enlisted as a Private in Company F, 10th Texas Calvary (Locke's Regiment) on September 25, 1861 in Quitman, TX. He served honorably and was discharged, but never returned home. As he had written letters home under the adverse conditions of war, it stands to reason that , if he had not died after mustering out of the army, he would certainly have written to his family in the years to follow.
(Knight, Marylee Watson "Watson Civil War Letters." Henry Watson Letters control file, East Texas Research Center, Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, Tx.)
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This collection is described in three folders and housed with other collections in a clamshell box.
- Guide to the Henry Watson Letters
- Natasha McClanahan
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