Carter, Robert G., Papers, 1904-1956

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Creator: Carter, Robert Goldthwaite, 1845-1936

Collection #: S1829.1

Language: English

Biographical Sketch

Captain Robert Goldthwaite Carter (October 29, 1845–January 4, 1936) served as an officer in the U.S. Cavalry, both during the Civil War and the Indian Wars. He received the Medal of Honor for single-handedly holding off a Comanche raiding party in Blanco Canyon near the Brazos River (Texas) on October 10, 1871. The citation reads:

“Held the left of the line with a few men during the charge of a large body of Indians, after the right of the line had retreated, and by delivering a rapid fire succeeded in checking the enemy until other troops came to the rescue.”

Carter authored several books, the most pertaining to this collection is On the Border with Mackenzie (1935). It documented his service under Colonel Ranald Mackenzie in northern Mexico in the late 1870s, and his service more generally during the Indian Wars.

Scope and Contents

The Robert G. Carter Papers consists of correspondence between Captain Carter and researchers, manuscript publishers, family members, and others. It bulks with correspondence about On the Border with Mackenzie (1935), but also documents discussions about his other manuscripts, such as their contents, sale, and distribution. A small amount of correspondence with his family is present, as is correspondence relating to his finances. Lastly, two folders of material consist exclusively of letters exchanged with Clifford B. Jones of the Swenson Cattle Company (and the Spur Ranch) and Freeport Sulphur Company.


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Related Material

Espuela Land and Cattle Company Records, 1880-1979 and undated

Clifford B. Jones Papers, 1814-1973 and undated

Clifford B. Jones Photographs and negatives, 1860-1972 and undated

Clifford B. Jones Slides, 1860-1972 and undated

Spur Ranch photograph collection, 1890-1915

Swenson Land and Cattle Company Records, 1829-1868 and undated

Swenson Land and Cattle Company Records, 1846-1927

Ernest Wallace Papers, 1850-1986 and undated

Oral Histories

Paul H. Carlson oral history interview [sound recording], 1972

Clifford Bartlett Jones oral history interview [sound recording], February 28, 1968; March 27, 1968; May 15, 1978; June 23, 1968; April 18 1970; July 10, 1970; February 16, 1971

Mackenzie Marker Dedication oral history recording [sound recording], 1968

William G. Swenson and A. M. G. "Swede" Swenson oral history interview [sound recording], 1969

William G. Swenson, Olive McDougle, and Reva Bragg oral history interview [sound recording], 1969

Preferred Citation

Robert G. Carter Papers, 1904-1956, Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas

Accession Information

Gift, 2017

Processing Information

Robert Weaver, 2017


Carter, Robert. G. On the Border with Mackenzie. (1935)

Carter, Robert. G. On the Trail of Deserters: a Phenomenal Capture by Captain Robert Goldthwaite Carter. (1920)

Carter, Robert. G. Record of the Military Service of First Lieutenant and Brevet Captain Robert Goldthwaite Carter, U.S. Army. (1904)

Carter, Robert. G. The Mackenzie Raid into Mexico. (1919)

Carter, Robert. G. The Old Sergeant’s Story. (1926)

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