Civil War Civilian Living History

Interpreting the American Civil War Home Front

Texas Bibliography

Also visit the general Bibliography page for additional resources. Please contact me through the About Me page to suggest additional resources.

Primary Sources

  • Anderson, John Q. Brokenburn: the Journal of Kate Stone 1861-1868. 1955
  • Baker, Lindsey T & Julie P Baker. Till Freedom Cried Out: Memories of Texas Slave Life. 1997
  • Barr, Amelia E. All the Days of My Life: An Autobiography. D. Appleton and Company, 1913
  • Britton, David, ed. “Reminiscences and Civil War Letters of Levi Lamoni Wight”. 1986. Ph.D. dissertation, Texas Tech.
  • Broughton, Edward Thomas. Letters
  • Bryan Jr., Jimmy L. “Whip Them Like the Mischief’: The Civil War Letters of Frank and Mintie Price”. East Texas Historical Journal vol XXXVI N. 2 1998
  • Cheeseman, Bruce S. Maria von Blucher’s Corpus Christi: Letters from the South Texas Frontier 1849-1879. 2002
  • Coleman Papers. Chronological Transcriptions. Baylor Texas Collection.
  • Eliot, Jacob. Journal.
  • Erath, Lucy E. “Memoirs of George Bernard Erath“, Begins in Volume 26, Number 3 and continues through Volume 27, Number 2, Southwestern Historical Quarterly Online
  • Exley, Jo Ella Powell. Texas Tears and Texas Sunshine. 1985
  • Freemantle, Lt. Col. Arthur J.L. Three Months in the Southern States: April –June 1863. 1991
  • Gallaway, B.P. Texas the Dark Corner of the Confederacy: Contemporary Accounts of the Lone StarState in the Civil War. 1994.
  • Goyne, Minetta Altegelt. Lone Star and Double Eagle: Civil War Letters of a German-Texas Family. 1982
  • Hoffman, David R., ed. A German-American Pioneer Remembers: August Hoffmann’s Memoir. Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Vol. 102, No. 4, April 1999, page 487
  • Hunt, W.R. Recalls Frontier Life On Her 91st Birthday,” San Marcos (TX) Record, May 10, 1940. Transcription of the Julia DeSteiguer Reminiscence. Transcribed By:  Alfrieda Brummitt
  • Johansson, M. Jane, ed. Widows by the Thousands: The Civil War Letters of Theophilus and Harriet Perry, 1862-1864. 2000
  • Jordan-Bychkov, Terry, G. et al, ed. The Boesel Letters: Two Germans in Sibley’s Brigade. Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Vol. 102, No. 4, April 1999, page 457
  • Kemp, L.W., editor. “Early Days in Milam County: Reminiscences of Susan Turnham McCown“, Volume 50, Number 3, Southwestern Historical Quarterly Online
  • King, Kittie. Letter, Fort Worth, July 1, 1860.
  • King, C. Richard, editor. Victorian Lady on the Texas Frontier: The Journal of Ann Raney Coleman. 1986
  • Lincecum, Jerry Bryan. Gideon Lincecum’s Sword: Civil War Letters from the Texas Home Front. 2001
  • Marks, Paula Mitchell. When Will the Weary War by Over? The Civil War Letters of the Maverick Family of San Antonio. Book Club of Texas, 2008.
  • Marten, James, Ed. The Diary of Thomas H. DuVal: The Civil War in Austin, Texas, February 26 to October 9, 1863. Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Vol. 94, No. 3, January 1991, page 435
  • Maverick, Mary. Memoirs of Mary A. Maverick: A Journal of Early Texas. Alamo Printing Co. 1921, reprint Maverick Publishing Company, 2005.
  • McNeill, Sally. The Uncompromising Diary of Sallie McNeill: 1858-1867.2009
  • Moore, E. Jane. “To Pat Cleburne Veterans of Waco, Texas, Dec. 1, 1892
  • Murr, Erika L. A Rebel Wife in Texas: The Diary and Letters of Elizabeth Scott Neblett 1852-1864. 2001
  • Navarro County letters.
  • North, Thomas. Five Years in Texas: or, What You Did Not Hear During the War from January 1861 to January 1866. A Narrative of His Travels, Experiences and Observations, in Texas and Mexico: 1871
  • O’ Connor, Mrs. T.P. My Beloved South. G.P. Putnam’s Sons, New York, 1915.
  • Olmsted, Frederick Law. A Journey through Texas: Or a Saddle-Trip on the Southwestern Frontier. (latest edition, 2004)
  • Ragsdale, Crystal Sasse. The Golden Free Land: The Reminiscences and Letters of Women on an American Frontier. 1976
  • Rugeley, H.J.H. Batchelor-Turner Letters 1861-1864: Written by Two of Terry’s Texas Rangers. 1961
  • Smithwick, Noah. The Evolution of a State or Recollections of Old Texas Days. Gammel: Austin, 1900.
  • Tylor, Ron, & Lawrence R Murphy. The Slave Narratives of Texas. 1997
  • Texas Newspapers
  • Thompson, Jerry. Civil War in the Southwest: Recollections of the Sibley Brigade. 2001
  • Trammell, Camilla Davis. Seven Pines: Its Occupants and Their Letters, 1825-1872. 1986
  • Von Rosenberg, Charles W. Ancestral Voices: The Letters of the Von Rosenberg and Meerscheidt Families (1844-1897).  no date
  • Ward, Andrew. The Slaves’ War: The Civil War in the Words of Former Slaves. Houghton Mifflin Company, 2008
  • Watson, Henry and John Lindsey.  Letters
  • Williams, Edward. Rebel Brothers: The Civil War Letters of the Truehearts. TexasA&MUniversity Press, 1995
  • Withers, Anita Dwyer. Diary 1860-1865
  • Wright, Louise Wigfall.  A Southern Girl in ’61: The War-Time Memories of a Confederate Senator’s Daughter.Doubleday, Page & Company, 1905
  • Wurster, Ilse. Die Kettner Briefe, the Kettner Letters: A Firsthand Account of a German Immigrant in the Texas Hill Country (1850-1875). Comanche Creek Press, 2008

Texas During the Civil War

  • Boethel, Paul C. The Big Guns of FayetteCounty. Von Boeckmann-Jones, Co. 1965
  • Bynum, Victoria. Henry Flaugher, Civil War Unionist From Burnet County, Texas
  • Cotham, Jr. Edward T. Battle on the Bay: The Civil War Struggle for Galveston. 1998
  • Dykes-Hoffman, Judith. “Treue der Union: German Texan Women on the Civil War Homefront”. 1996. SouthwestTexasStateUniversity thesis.
  • Edwards, John Austin. “Social and Cultural Activities of Texans During the Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1873”. 1986. PhD. dissertation, Texas Tech.
  • Elliot, Claude. Union Sentiment in Texas 1861-1865. Southwest Historical Quarterly Vol. 50, No. 4
  • Farber, James. Fort Worth in the Civil War. Peter Hansbrough Bell Press, Belton, 1960
  • Grear, Charles, ed. The Fate of Texas: The Civil War and the Lone StarState. The University of Arkansas Press, Fayetteville, 2008
  • _______________ Why Texans Fought in the Civil War. Texas A&M University Press, 2010
  • Hamilton, Matthew. “‘To Preserve African Slavery’: The Secession Commissioners to Texas, 1861.Southwestern Historical Quarterly. Vol. CXIV, No. 4, April 2011.
  • Howell, Kenneth, ed. The Seventh Star of the Confederacy. University of North Texas Press, March 2009.
  • Humphrey, David C. “A ‘Very Muddy and Conflicting’ View: The Civil War as Seen from Austin, Texas”. Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Vol. 94, No. 3, page 369. January 1991
  • Jensen, Gerald. “Houston, Texas in the War Between the States“. The United Daughters of the Confederacy Magazine, Dec. 1987, Vol L, no. 12
  • Kamphoefner, Walter D. “New Perspectives on Texas Germans and the Confederacy”. Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Vol. CII, Number 4, April 1999, page 411
  • Loughery, Mrs. E.M. War & Reconstruction Times in Texas. Von Boeckmann-Jones Co, Printer, Austin Texas, 1914
  • Oates, Stephen B. “Texas Under the Secessionists“. Texas Vistas. TexasState Historical Assoc. 1980
  • Wooster, Ralph. Texas and Texans in the Civil War. Eakin Press, 1995
  • _________ Civil War Texas. Texas State Historical Association, 1999

General Texas History

  • Amberson, Mary Margaret McAllen, James A McAllen & Margaret H McAllen.
    I Would Rather Sleep in Texas: A History of the LowerRio GrandeValley & the People of the Santa Anita Land Grant.TexasState Historical Association, Austin, 2003
  • Biesele, Rudolph Leopold. The History of the German Settlements in Texas 1831-1861. German-Texan Heritage Society, 1987.
  • Boswell, Angela. Her Act and Deed: Women’s Lives in a Rural Southern County, 1837-1873. TexasA&MUniversity Press, College Station, 2001
  • Bridges, C.A.  “The Knights of the Golden Circle: A Filibustering Fantasy. SWHQ, Volume 44, Number 3, January, 1941
  • Campbell, Randolph B. An Empire for Slavery: The Peculiar Institution in Texas 1821-1865. LouisianaState Univeristy Press, Baton Rouge, 1989.
  • Campbell, Randolph B. Gone to Texas: A History of the Lone StarState.OxfordUniversity Press, New York, 2003
  • Carrington, Evelyn. Women in Early Texas. TexasState Historical Assoc., 1994
  • Crocket, G.L. Two Centuries in East Texas: A History of San Augustine County and Surrounding Territory. ChristChurch San Augustine, 1982
  • Cummins, Light Townsend. Emily Austin of Texas 1795-1851. Fort Worth, TCU Press, 2009
  • Curlee, Abigail. “The History of a Texas Slave Plantation 1836-63.” Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 26, Issue 2, July 1922-April 1923.
  • Enstam, Elizabeth York. Women and the Creation of Urban Life: DallasTexas 1843-1920. TexasA&MUniversity Press, College Station, 1998
  • Franz, Jo B. Texas: A Bicentennial History. American Association for State & Local History, Nashville, 1976
  • Friend, Llerena B. “The Texan of 1860“. Texas Vistas, TexasState Historical Assoc. 1980
  • Holbrook, Abigail Curlee. “A Glimpse of Life on Antebellum Slave Plantations in Texas. Texas Vistas, edited Ralph A Wooster & Robert A Calvert, Texas State Historical Assoc. 1980
  • Henson, Margaret Swett, Deolece Parmelee. The Cartwrights of San Augustine: Three Generations of Agrarian Entrepreneurs in Nineteenth-Century Texas. TexasState Historical Association, Austin, 1993
  • Jackson, Susan. “Slavery in Houston: The 1850s”. The Houston Review, Volume II, Number 2, Summer, 1980, page 66.
  • Jones, C. Allan. Texas Roots: Agriculture and Rural Life Before the Civil War. 2005.
  • Jordon, Terry G. German Seed in Texas Soil: Immigrant Farmers in Nineteenth-Century Texas.University of Texas Press, Austin, 1966
  • Kearney, James. Nassau Plantation: The Evolution of a Texas German Slave Plantation. University of North Texas Press, 2010.
  • Lowe, Richard G. and Randolph B. Campbell. Planters & Plain Folk: Agriculture in Antebellum Texas. Southern MethodistUniversity Press, Dallas, 1987.
  • Malone, Ann Patton. Women on the Texas Frontier: A Cross-Cultural Perspective. 1983
  • Marks, Paula Mitchell. Hands to the Spindle: Texas Women and Home Textile Production, 1822-1880. 1966
  • Monday, Jane Clements; Frances Brannen Vick.  Petra‘s Legacy: The South Texas Ranching Empire of Petra Vela and Mifflin Kenedy. 2007
  • Regenbrect, Adalbert.The German Settlers of Millheim Before the Civil War”. SHQ Online  Volume 20 Number 1. July 1916.
  • Rozek, Barbara J. Galveston Slavery”. The Houston Review, Volume XV, Number 2, 1993, page 67
  • Silverthorne, Elizabeth.Plantation Life in Texas. 1986.
  • Thompson, Jerry. Civil War in the Southwest: Recollections of the Sibley Brigade. 2001
  • Thompson, Jerry. Cortina: Defending the Mexican Name in Texas. 2007
  • Utley, Dan with Thad Sitton. Reflections at a Riverbend: Historical Investigations Along the Colorado River in Southeastern Burnet County, Texas. Texas Antiquities Committee Archeology Permt, No 1218, Cultural Resources Report No. 4, LCRA, May 1994
  • Walker, Donald R. A Frontier Texas Mercantile: The History of the Gibbs Brothers and Company, Huntsville, 1841-1940. Texas Review Press, Huntsville, 1997