The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 28, July 1924 - April, 1925

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MANUSCRIPT ADDITIONS TO THE LIBRARY OF THE UNIVERSITY
OF TExAS.-There have recently bee~added to the Manuscript Col-
lection of the University of Texas the Papers of Lieutenant Ed.
Burleson, the Addison Letters and the Stand Watie Papers.
The Papers of Lieutenant Ed. Burleson, consisting of about a
dozen rare Texas pamphlets in addition to a number of letters, were
presented by his daughter, Miss Emma Kyle Burleson of Austin.
As is to be expected, these documents deal particularly with the
question of frontier defense and party politics of the Civil War
and Reconstruction times. The collection possesses especial value
since it contains a few manuscripts relating to Colonel Ed. Burle-
son, one of the most effective Indian fighters in Texas during the
days of the Republic.
The Addison Letters consist of family communications written
during the years 1838-1876. In this family were a number of
itinerant Methodist ministers. Their letters to each other and to
their parents, together with friendly letters from prominent edu-
cators and preachers paint a very graphic picture of everyday home
life in Texas during its formative years. Of particular interest is
a Diary kept by Oscar M. Addison, who cheerfully bore all the
trials of a circuit rider upon an exposed frontier.
The Stand Watie Papers, consisting of about 45 pieces covering
the years from 1838-1865, are exceedingly interesting and val-
uable, and, for Texas, quite unique. Stand Watie, an influential
Cherokee Chief, born in Georgia and later located in Indian Ter-
ritory, was one of the most influential leaders among his people.
He was, for a time, stationed at Washington City, where he aided
in the settlement of the land claims of the Cherokees. He later
became a brigadier-general in the Confederate Army-the only
Indian ever given this high rank. The papers are unique since
they give a glimpse into the lives of the highest type of Indians
in the United States-the Cherokees; while all the available rec-
ords of the Indians living in Texas would lead one to decide posi-
tively that there is "no good Indian," not even a dead one. In
the Stand Watie Papers the reader finds that the educated Chero-
kee brave was intensely interested in political questions, that he
was intensely human, and that his tribal jealousies were not a

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Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 28, July 1924 - April, 1925. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101087/. Accessed September 1, 2014.