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The news from Brownsville : Helen Chapman's letters from the Texas military frontier, 1848-1852

Author: Helen Chapman; Caleb Coker
Publisher: Austin, Tex. : Published for the Barker Texas History Center by the Texas State Historical Association, ©1992.
Series: Barker Texas History Center series (Texas State Historical Association), no. 2.
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This remarkable collection of letters written by a U.S. Army officer's wife during five years on the South Texas frontier is among the most significant collections of letters published in recent years. Helen Chapman and her husband William, the first quartermaster at Fort Brown, were two influential founding citizens of Brownsville, Texas. An intelligent and insightful New Englander, Helen Chapman used her pen to
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Genre/Form: Biography
History
Records and correspondence
Correspondence
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Chapman, Helen, b. 1817.
News from Brownsville.
Austin, Tex. : Published for the Barker Texas History Center by the Texas State Historical Association, c1992
(OCoLC)608931369
Named Person: Helen Chapman; Helen Chapman
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Helen Chapman; Caleb Coker
ISBN: 0876111150 9780876111154
OCLC Number: 25509437
Description: xxvi, 410 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Contents: 1. Reunion in Matamoras: January through March 1848 --
2. The prospect of peace: April and May 1848 --
3. The dawn of Fort Brown and Brownsville: June through September 1848 --
4. "One house built": October through December 1848 --
5. Trials of frontier life: January through June 1849 --
6. Pursuit of civility: July through December 1849 --
7. "A right bustling business place": January through April 1850 --
8. Social order and disorder: May through September 1850 --
9. Family burdens: October 1850 through February 1851 --
10. Travel to Mexico: March through June 1851 --
11. A new Chapman: July 1851 through March 1852 --
12. An end and a beginning: April through November 1852 --
13. Epilogue --
Appendix A: Military Personnel and Major Figures --
Appendix B: Newspaper Articles Pertaining to the Chapmans and the Frontier.
Series Title: Barker Texas History Center series (Texas State Historical Association), no. 2.
Responsibility: edited by Caleb Coker.

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This remarkable collection of letters written by a U.S. Army officer's wife during five years on the South Texas frontier is among the most significant collections of letters published in recent years. Helen Chapman and her husband William, the first quartermaster at Fort Brown, were two influential founding citizens of Brownsville, Texas. An intelligent and insightful New Englander, Helen Chapman used her pen to chronicle their frontier experience and to comment on.

social conditions along the Rio Grande. An intimate and affectionate record of the Chapmans' life from 1848-1852, these vivid letters from Brownsville are now a part of the collections in the Barker Texas History Center. Helen Chapman expressed thoughtful and forthright opinions on a wide range of topics that came to her attention: women's roles on the frontier, childcare and diet, slavery and temperance, and the relationships between Texans and Mexicans in the new state.

of Texas. General readers and scholars alike will be fascinated with her lively descriptions of army express riders, gold seekers, epidemics, a trip to Mexico City, and her own childbirth experience in the midst of a border war. The editor's text, annotations, and appendices provide the background against which to view these splendid letters. The News from Brownsville is rich personal chronicle of the lives of Helen and William Chapman and an important historical record.

of their times and their roles in the founding of a significant Texas city on the Mexican border. Readers interested in the history of the military, Texas and the Southwest, women and minorities, and domestic life on the frontier will find this to be an invaluable addition to the literature of the American experience. The editor, a fifth generation descendant of the Chapmans, drew these letters from an extensive collection of family papers dating from the American.

revolution to the end of the nineteenth century that record the lives of five generations of an American family.

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