Albert and Ethel Herzstein Library, San Jacinto Museum of History

William F. Schadt Papers

Manuscript Collection: MC127

Collection Summary

Creator: Schadt, William Fredric, ca. 1845-1918
Title: William F. Schadt papers
Dates: 1861-1956
(Bulk: 1861-1911)
Abstract: Correspondence, legal and printed materials, creative works and photographs document the life of William F. Schadt and his involvement with the Lone Star Rifles and Hood's Texas Brigade.
Identification: MC127
Quantity: .1 linear ft.
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: Albert and Ethel Herzstein Library, San Jacinto Museum of History, La Porte, Texas

Creator Sketch

William F. Schadt was born in Prussia on September 15, 1845, and came to Galveston in 1848. He and his brother Charles Schadt joined the Lone Star Rifles in 1861, later known as Company L of Hood's Texas Brigade, Army of Northern Virginia of the Confederate States of America. Charles Schadt was killed May 7, 1862, at the battle of Eltham's Landing. William Schadt was wounded in the battles of Chicamauga, The Wilderness, and Darbytown. He returned to Galveston and engaged in the lumber business, purchasing a lumber yard from W. F. Stewart & Co. in 1888. William Schadt married Emma Ida Keller; they had five children, Charles, Lillian, Myrtle, Ewald, and William. William F. Schadt died October 7, 1917, and was buried in Lake View Cemetery in Galveston.

Scope and Content Note

Correspondence, legal and printed materials, creative works and photographs document the life of William F. Schadt and his involvement with the Lone Star Rifles and Hood's Texas Brigade between 1861 and 1911. The documents are arranged according to series and then chronologically. A circa 1863 letter from John O. Scott requests information about Hood's Brigade for publication in the Galveston News. Other correspondence concerns lists of members of Hood's Texas Brigade. A June 6, 1862, pass signed by the Provost Marshal of Harris County allows C. Shadt to visit Dickinson. The handwritten minutes of the June 1, 1876, meeting of the Lone Star Rifles includes work on a muster list. Printed materials include newspaper clippings about Confederate veterans and the conduct of the Civil War, and the purchase of a lumber yard by William Schadt. A 1910 program lists the activities at the 39th annual reunion of Hood's Texas Brigade. A calling card is that of John Bellinger, a member of the Lone Star Rifles. Creative works include poetry, an acrostic, a list of 25 names, and works on the Lone Star Rifles and Hood's Brigade. Ambrotypes of Charles Schadt and William Schadt show the uniform of the Lone Star Rifles. Of interest is a photograph of four soldiers of Company L, First Texas Brigade, in front of winter quarters at Dumfries, Virginia, the winter of 1861-1862.


Organized into five series; arrangement is chronological.


Restrictions on Access


Terms Governing Use

Open for research by appointment.

Publication Rights

Copyright has not been assigned to the San Jacinto Museum of History. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Library Director. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the San Jacinto Museum of History as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.

Index Terms

Schadt, Charles, d. 1862
Schadt, Charles, d. 1862--Photographs
Schadt, Emma Ida
Schadt, William Fredric, ca. 1845-1918
Schadt, William Fredric, ca. 1845-1918--Photographs
Confederate States of America. Army. Texas Brigade
Confederate States of America. Army. Texas Infantry Regiment, 1st. Company L
Seaboard Air Line Railway
Dumfries (Va.)--Photographs
Galveston (Tex.)
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Veterans--Registers

Archivist's Note

Removed to the library collection is a book owned by Wm. Schadt: Winkler, Mrs. A. V. The Confederate Capitol and Hood's Texas Brigade. Austin: Von Boeckmann, 1894. Also of interest is a blue taffeta banner inscribed "Lone Star Rifles, Organized Nov. 8th, 1860" and "Presented by the Young Ladies of Galveston, June 21st, 1877", in the artifact collections of the San Jacinto Museum of History.

The Schadt Family Papers, 72-0010, can be found at the Rosenberg Library, Galveston, Texas.

Administrative Information


[Identification of Item], William F. Schadt Papers, MC127, San Jacinto Museum of History, Houston, Texas.


Gift of Emma Ida Schadt, 1956-1957.

Processing Information

Processed by Lisa A. Struthers, 2010.


History of Texas Together with a Biographical History of the Cities of Houston and Galveston. Chicago: Lewis Publishing Company, 1895.



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154.2 1 John O. Scott to "Dear Comrade" 1863
2 Geo. A. Branard to Wm. Schadt 1897 August 17
3 Wm. R. Hamby to Wm. Schadt 1911 March 22


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154.2 4 Pass 1862 June 5
5 Minutes of meeting of Lone Star Rifles 1876 June 1

Printed Materials

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154.2 6 Broadside: "The Galveston News in Memory of the Death of Robert E. Lee" 1870 October 18
7 Newspaper Clipping: unknown paper "Notice" 1888
8 Newspaper Clipping: Galveston News "The Fourth Texas" 1894 May 27
9 "Reunion of the United Confederate Veterans Richmond Va. June 30 to July 2 S.A.L. 1896" 1896
10 Newspaper Clipping: Galveston News "Hood's Old Brigade at Galveston" undated: 1901
11 Newspaper Clipping: Houston Post "The Dick Dowling Camp" 1901 August 5
12 Invitation and Program, Reunion and Monument Dedication, Hood's Texas Brigade 1910
13 Newspaper Clipping: Galveston News "Galveston's Glorious Past: Sketchbook Gives Isle History" 1952 June 15
14 Newspaper Clipping: unknown paper "Roll of the 'Lone Star Rifles,' Co. B." undated
15 Calling Card and envelope, John Bellinger 1857, undated

Creative Works

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154.2 16 George W. Grover "In Memorium: Lone Star Rifles, of Galveston Texas" circa 1870
17 Camp Magruder, U.C.V.: list of names circa 1890
18 Geo. W. Grover "An Acrostic" 1901 December 3
19 W. E. Grover "The Lone Star Rifles" 1954 September 2
20 Emma Ida Schadt "Lone Star Rifles" 1956
21 On "Picketts Brigade at Gaines Mill" undated


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154.2 22 Charles Schadt circa 1860-1861
23 William F. Schadt circa 1861
24 Winter Quarters, Dumfries, Va., Company L, First Texas Brigade circa 1861-1862