University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Ben and Henry Eustace McCulloch Family Papers, 1798-1961

Descriptive Summary

Creator: McCulloch Family
Title: McCulloch (Ben and Henry Eustace) Family Papers,
Dates: 1798-1961
Abstract: Papers of Ben McCulloch and his brother, Henry Eustace McCulloch include materials relating to their parents, siblings and descendants, including letters, journals, rosters and military communications, geneologies and scrapbooks.
Accession No.: 65-38; 67-107; 71-63; 83-349; 86-94; 87-9; 87-74; 99-155; 2013-204
OCLC No.: 39540808
Extent: 1 ft., 6 in.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical/Historical Note

Ben and Henry Eustace McCulloch both served as Texas Rangers, Texas legislators, United States marshals, and as brigadier generals in the Confederate Army.

Scope and Contents

Papers of Ben McCulloch (1811-1862) and his brother, Henry Eustace McCulloch (1816-1895) include materials relating to their parents, Alexander McCulloch (1777-1846) and Francis F. (Lenoir) McCulloch (1780-1866) of Dyersburg, Tennessee, siblings and descendants. The McCulloch family series includes correspondence concerning family matters and reflects farm life and military, social and political events; genealogies of the McCulloch and Van Lear families; a family scrapbook; and materials concerning Henry's son, Captain Ben E. McCulloch. Ben McCulloch's papers consist of letters reflecting his activities as surveyor in Gonzales County (1837), state legislator (1846), Texas Ranger (1846-1848), gold miner and sheriff in Sacramento, California (1853-1856), peace commissioner to the Utah Territory (1858), brigadier general in the Confederate Army and commander at the Battle of Elkhorn where he died in 1862. Henry Eustace McCulloch's papers include letters, journals and military communications documenting his activities as sheriff of Gonzales County; surveyor and merchandiser in Gonzales and Seguin; tavern keeper in Austin (1859-1860); and officer in the Confederate Army (1861-1865). Included are rosters and accounts of McCulloch's volunteer companies (1846-1851) and documents of Henry's activities as superintendent of the Texas Institution for the Deaf and Dumb (1877-1879).



The papers are arranged chronologically into 5 series
  • I. McCulloch Family Papers
  • II. Ben McCulloch Papers
  • III. Henry Eustace McCulloch Papers
  • IV. Miscellany
  • V. Photographs and oversize materials


Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.

Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Baylor, George Wythe, 1832-1916.
Boone family--Pictorial works.
McCulloch, Alexander.
McCulloch, Ben, 1811-1862--Archives.
McCulloch, Ben E.
McCulloch family--Archives.
McCulloch, Francis F.
McCulloch, Henry Eustace--Archives.
Slaughter family.
Van Lear family.
Subjects (Organizations)
Pan-American Railway.
Texas Rangers.
Texas School for the Deaf.
Farm life--Tennessee--History--Sources.
Farm life--Texas--History--Sources.
Gold miners--California--Correspondence.
Mexican War--1846-1848--Sources.
Pea Ridge, Battle of, 1862.
Utah Expedition, 1857-1858.
Dyersburg (Tenn.)--History--Sources.
Hermitage (Tenn.)--Pictorial works.
Sacramento (Calif.)--History--Sources.
Tennessee--Social life and customs.
Texas--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Sources.
Texas--History--Republic, 1836-1846--Sources.
Texas--Politics and government--1846-1865.
Texas--Social life and customs.
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Campaigns.
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Sources.

Separated Material

Some material has been separated to the Artifacts Collection and the Briscoe Center's Library.

Other Separated Material:

Benjamin McCulloch Papers: Broadsides, 1862

General Order, Fort Smith, Ark., March 9th, 1862 (Funeral Broadside) DB 1862

Order of Proceedings, Brig. Gen Ben McCulloch (Funeral Broadside) DB 1862

Texas Weeps for McCulloch, The Defender of Our Liberties OB 1862

Photocopies of Broadside were placed in collection.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Ben and Henry Eustace McCulloch Family Papers, 1798-1961, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Detailed Description of the Collection


McCulloch family papers:

3G36 Bound volumes, 1813-1912;
Correspondence, 1801-1879, 1913.
3G37 Genealogy, 1899, 1798-1935
Ben E. McCulloch papers, 1901-1916 and undated;
Photocopies of scrapbook, 1862-1895 and undated;
Memorabilia and newspaper clippings, 1851-1894 and undated.


Benjamin McCulloch papers:

3G37 Letters to family, 1846-1861
Will of Ben McCulloch
Materials related to Mexican War, Utah Expedition, and the Civil War 1846-1862, 1909
Letter to President
3G37 Broadsides, 1862


Henry Eustace McCulloch papers:

3G37 Letters to family, 1844-1872
Letter, Henry Eustace McCulloch to John Coffee "Jack" Hays regarding Indian depredations in Austin, 1847
Military correspondence, 1852-1889
Records of McCulloch's Company, Texas Mounted Volunteers, 1851, 1854
Journals, 1848-1857
Photocopies of journals 1848 1857
Land survey, list of Mier men, memorial, newspaper clippings, 1847-1895
Texas Institution for the Deaf and Dumb, 1877-1879
3E246 Autobiography of Henry Eustace McCulloch (copy)
Transcript of Autobiography of Henry Eustace McCulloch



3G37 W. M. Hardy, Slaughter family, Pan American Railway, 1863-1920 and undated

3Y82 Photographs and oversize materials:

3Y4b Cased photographs: ambrotypes of Francis F. McCulloch and _____ Boone.

2.325/V21 Oversize materials:
McCulloch family papers:
Family correspondence, 1817-1867
Certificates 1870, 1876, 1881-1887, 1906-1907
Life of Walter McCulloch, 1892
Benjamin McCulloch papers:
Letters to family, 1846-1860
Correspondence, 1858
Resolution, 1862
Broadside, 1862
Henry McCulloch papers:
Letters to family, 1840-1868
General correspondence, 1863
W. M. Hardy, 1863