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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Note

Scope and Contents

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Separated Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Inventory

University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

Robert Franklin Bunting Papers, 1861-1865



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Bunting, R. F. (Robert Franklin), 1828-1891
Title: Robert Franklin Bunting papers
Dates: 1861-1865
Abstract: Correspondence, a diary, sermon materials, and first hand accounts comprise the Robert Franklin Bunting Papers, 1861-1865, and document Bunting's activities as the chaplain of Terry's Texas Rangers during the Civil War. The papers contain accounts of the Civil War, the actions of Terry's Texas Rangers, and evidence of an army chaplain's daily activities.
Identification: urn:taro:utexas.cah.01694
Extent: 6 inches
Language: English .
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

Robert F. Bunting (1828-1891) was a Presbyterian minister as well as the chaplain of Terry's Texas Rangers. The Presbyterian Church sent Bunting, a Pennsylvanian born minister, to Texas as a missionary in 1852. By 1856, Bunting had established churches in La Grange, Columbus, Round Top, and San Antonio. Bunting helped form the Presbyterian Church of the Confederate States of America, by participating in the secession of the Southern Presbyterian Church from the Northern in 1861.

Bunting was the chaplain and historian for Terry's Texas Rangers (the Eighth Texas Cavalry) starting in 1861 until the end of the Civil War in 1865. Additionally, Bunting served as a war correspondent for the Houston Daily Telegraph and Tri-Weekly Telegraph and the San Antonio Herald, contributing ninety-five letters concerning the actions of the regiment. Furthermore, during the war Bunting ran a private postal service as well as the Texas Hospital for Texas soldiers in Auburn, Alabama. Bunting continued to serve as a Presbyterian minister all over the South, including Tennessee, Georgia, and Texas, until his death in 1891.

Source:Handbook of Texas Online, s.v. "Bunting, Robert Franklin," http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/BB/fbu22.html (accessed June 30, 2010).

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Scope and Contents

Correspondence, a diary, sermon materials, and first hand accounts comprise the Robert Franklin Bunting Papers, 1861-1865, and document Bunting's activities as the chaplain of Terry's Texas Rangers during the Civil War. The papers contain accounts of the Civil War, the actions of Terry's Texas Rangers, and evidence of an army chaplain's daily activities.

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Restrictions

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

There are no use restrictions on this collection. Publisher is responsible for complying with copyright law.

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Index Terms

Personal Names
Bunting, R. F. (Robert Franklin), 1828-1891
Terry, Benjamin Franklin, 1821-1861
Corporate Names
Confederate States of America. Army. Texas Cavalry Regiment, 8th
Cumberland Presbyterian Church. Synod of Texas
Subjects
American Civil War (United States : 1861-1865)
Atlanta Campaign (1864)
Chaplains
Medical care
Regimental histories
Places
Alabama
Auburn
San Antonio
Texas
United States

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Related Materials

See also the Henry S. Bunting Papers

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Separated Material

Some material separated to the Artifact Collection. List of separated items in 3H40.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Robert Franklin Bunting Papers, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Accession Number(s)

1944; 1945; 1946; 1947; 1948; 1995-266

Processing Information

Basic processing and cataloging of this collection was supported with funds from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) for the Briscoe Center's "History Revealed: Bringing Collections to Light" project, 2009-2011.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

Inventory

box
3H40 [SRH1230016686] Correspondence, 1861-1865
Diary, 1863
box
2Q456 [SRH1230011673] Typescript of letters
Volume I, November 1861-June 1863
(2 copies)
Volume II, July 1863-April 1865
(2 copies)
box
2Q457 [SRH1230011674] Robert F. Bunting diary typescript, 1863
(2 copies)

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