University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

Veterans of the Mexican War Association Records, 1874-1886



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Texas Association of Mexican War Veterans
Title: Veterans of the Mexican War Association records
Dates: 1874-1886
Abstract: Comprising a volume of typescript and handwritten correspondence, minutes, constitution, reports, membership lists, and newspaper clippings, the Veterans of the Mexican War Association (VMWA) Records, 1874-1886, document the annual meetings of the Texas branch of the VMWA in Austin.
Identification: urn:taro:utexas.cah.02445
Extent: 1 volume
Language: English .
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Historical Note

Founded by Alexander M. Kenaday in 1874, the National Association of Veterans of the Mexican War (NAVMW) sought pensions from the United States government for veterans of the Mexican War. Republicans in Congress continually resisted approving the pensions because numerous Mexican War soldiers had later fought for the Confederate Army during the Civil War. However, Congress finally passed a service pension act for the veterans in 1887. Since the U.S. government had only awarded medals to two Mexican War generals, Winfield Scott and Zachary Taylor, the NAVMW awarded medals to its members. Several states, including Texas, established their own branches of the association and handed out their own medals as well. The groups also met annually from 1874 to 1910 and sought to preserve battlefields and erect a national monument.

Source:

"Mexican War Veteran Organizations." Descendants of Mexican War Veterans. Last updated on August 14, 2004. http://www.dmwv.org/mwvets/mexvets.htm.


Scope and Contents

Comprising a volume of typescript and handwritten correspondence, minutes, constitution, reports, membership lists, and newspaper clippings, the Veterans of the Mexican War Association (VMWA) Records, 1874-1886, document the annual meetings of the Texas branch of the VMWA in Austin. The collection chronicles the branch's annual reunions and its efforts to gain pensions for veterans of the Mexican War from the United States government. Members and officers of the state and national associations represented in the collection include Andrew Jackson Dorn, "Rip" Ford, A. M. Kenaday, E. W. Shands, N. G. Shelley, and William Steele.


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
Dorn, Andrew Jackson, 1815-1889
Ford, John Salmon
Kenaday, Alexander M. (Alexander McConnell), 1824-
Shands, E. W.
Shelley, Nathan George
Steele, William H.
Corporate Names
Associated Veterans of the Mexican War
Texas Association of the Mexican War Veterans
Subjects
Mexican War (1846-1848)
Veterans--Societies, etc.
Places
Texas

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Veterans of the Mexican War Association 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

volume
4N12a Records, 1874-1886