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Love Family Letters

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: MS 001

Scope and Contents

Correspondence (87 letters and fragments) and a Dallas Morning News article. Letters are arranged chronologically, individually enclosed and then organized into folders by decade. The folders lay flat in an oversized box.

The correspondence deals primarily with the daily life of soldiers, troop movements and battles fought. Requests are often made for news from home. The newspaper article gives a detailed description of the assassination of Robert Love.


  • 1859-1903
  • Majority of material found in 1859-1866


Language of Materials


Biographical / Historical

The Love family moved from Tennessee in the 1830s. James M. and Terrisa Adeline Love had eleven children: Joseph, Cyrus W., Martha, Mary Elizabeth “Bettie,” Margaret Jane, James A., Samuel B., John W., Eliza Terrissa “Tea,” Robert M., and Tennessee A. “Tennie.” Many extended family members also migrated from Tennessee to Texas. The family was very involved in the Army of Texas before statehood and several uncles fought in the Texas War for Independence from Mexico, including the Battle of San Jacinto.

James and Cyrus died in the Civil War. Samuel returned to Texas after the war and appears to have never married. John and Robert returned and both eventually held the office of Sheriff. Robert became a U.S. Marshal and State Controller. While he was Controller, he was assassinated in his office in the state capitol. A 1903 Dallas Morning News article included in the collection gives the details of his death.


2 Linear feet (Single, oversized, flat box)


The Love brothers - Cyrus, Samuel, James, John, and, eventually, Robert - fought for the Confederacy during the Civil War as part Terry's Texas Rangers and the 6th Texas Cavalry. They came from Tehuacana, Limestone County, Texas.

The collection contains letters written by several sons in the Love family during the Civil War, offering a glimpse into life on the battlefield and at home. Many famous people and battles are referenced.


Arranged chronologically

Physical Location

Vault: GD 1



For Further Information

Special Collections Mary Couts Burnett Library Texas Christian University TCU Box 298400 Fort Worth, TX 76129 Tel.: (817) 257-7108 Fax.: (817) 257-7282


Guide to the Love Family Letters
In Progress
Compiled by Allison Kirchner
April 2015
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Repository Details

Part of the Archives and Special Collections, Mary Couts Burnett Library Repository

TCU Box 298400
2800 S. University Drive
Fort Worth, Texas 76129-0001
Fort Worth Texas 76129
(817) 257-4566
(817) 257-7282 (Fax)