University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

Nacogdoches, Texas, Committee of Vigilance and Safety Records, 1835-1837



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Nacogdoches (Texas) Committee of Vigilance and Safety
Title: Nacogdoches, Texas, Committee of Vigilance and Safety records
Dates: 1835-1837
Abstract: The Nacogdoches, Texas, Committee of Vigilance and Safety was established in 1835 as a means to organize and collect arms and provisions to be used in the Texas Revolution. Transcripts of original letters, reports, resolutions, accounts, bills, and receipts, in one volume, comprise the records.
Identification: urn:taro:utexas.cah.01816
Extent: 1 volume
Language: English .
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Historical Note

The Nacogdoches, Texas, Committee of Vigilance and Safety was established in 1835 as a means to organize and collect arms and provisions to be used in the Texas Revolution. It was one of a number of local quasi-governmental associations formed in various Texas cities around the time of the impending Revolution. Samuel Houston, commander in chief of troops for the Department of Nacogdoches, chaired a mass meeting in September 1835 to consider the possibility of war between Texas and the federal government and to discuss convening a consultation. He then served as a delegate from Nacogdoches to the Consultation of 1835, after which he was appointed major general of the Texas Army. Henry Rueg, political chief of the Department of Nacogdoches, 1834-1836, founded the committee in 1835, appointing Frost Thorn and Thomas J. Rusk, among others, to serve on it.

Sources:Handbook of Texas Online, s.v. "Nacogdoches County," http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/NN/hcn1.html (accessed July 27, 2010).

Handbook of Texas Online, s.v. "Henry Rueg," http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/RR/fru7.html (accessed July 27, 2010).

Handbook of Texas Online, s.v. "Samuel Houston," http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/HH/fho73.html (accessed July 27, 2010).


Scope and Contents

Transcripts of original letters, reports, resolutions, accounts, bills, and receipts, in one volume, comprise the Nacogdoches (Texas) Committee of Vigilance and Safety Records, 1835-1837. The records relate to the organization and functioning of the committee, including military and social affairs.


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.


Index Terms

Personal Names
Houston, Sam, 1793-1863.
Irion, Robert A. (Robert Anderson), 1804-1861
Nixon, George A. (George Antonio), 1781-1843
Porter, John J.
Rueg, Henry, 1798-
Rusk, Thomas J. (Thomas Jefferson), 1803-1857
Sterne, Adolphus, 1801-1852
Taylor, Charles S. (Charles Stanfield), 1808-1865
Thorn, Frost, 1793-1854
Corporate Names
Nacogdoches Committee of Vigilance and Safety
Subjects
Equipment and supplies
Places
Nacogdoches
Texas

Related Materials

See also the Nacogdoches County Records.

See also the Alcade Papers, 1833-1837.


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Nacogdoches, Texas, Committee of Vigilance and Safety Records, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

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.


Detailed Description of the Collection

Inventory

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2R124 [SRH1230011160] Documents relating to the Committee of Vigilance and Safety, January, 1835 - March, 1837