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Guide to the G. Clifton Wisler Papers

G. Clifton Wisler (1950-2006) Papers
7.0 cubic feet (14 document boxes)
Location: Row 8, Bay 7, Shelf 7, & Bay B, Shelves 1-5
Collection #: MS106

Biography
Born in Oklahoma City, Mr. Wisler grew up in Dallas, where he graduated with honors from Hillcrest High School in 1968. He received his bachelor's degree from Southern Methodist University in 1972 and began teaching at Denton High School. He returned to SMU, earning his master's degree in English and education in 1974. He later attended the University of Texas at Dallas and the University of North Texas, where he wrote his dissertation on a Civil War history of the 9th Texas Infantry Regiment.

In 1979, he published his first novel, My Brother, the Wind, which was nominated for the 1980 American Book Award. In 1984, Mr. Wisler left teaching to devote himself to writing. His honors include the International Reading Association's 2001 Paul A. Witty Short Story Award for his work, "The Orange Armband," and an Association of Educational Publishers 2000 Distinguished Achievement Award for Bloody Pond. He authored more than 70 books, including Run the Blockade, Red Cap, My Brother the Wind, Massacre at Powder River, A Cry of Angry Thunder, and Piper's Ferry: A Tale of the Texas Revolution. He twice won the Western Writers of America Spur Award and was a finalist for the honor eight times. He died in April of 2006.

Scope & Content Note  

The papers include manuscripts for 56 of his writings which include multiple drafts for certain titles. Documents also include correspondence to publishers, and research notes. Boxes 1 through part of 11 are manuscripts in Wisler’s original order. The last part of box 11 through 14 are research files.

Subject Terms  

Personal Names:
Wisler, G. Clifton

Processing Information  

Provenance Statement: All materials in this collection were donated by Charles C. Wisler in January 2011 and October, 2012.

Ownership & Literary Rights  

Charles C. Wisler owns copyright of papers. Permission must be obtained from him before Dickinson Research Center staff will photocopy pages.

Restrictions on Access  

The collection is open for research. It is advisable for researchers to discuss their proposed research with staff prior to visiting the Center.

Preferred Citation  

G. Clifton Wisler Papers, MS 106, Box # Folder #, Donald C. & Elizabeth M. Dickinson Research Center, National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Container List  

Box Folder Folder Title / Description
1 1 Biographical Information and Partial List of Books Published
NOAC
2 Contingent
3 Arrangements
Manuscripts
The Buffalo Shield
4 Ch. 18-27 + Epilog (pp. 211-319)
5 Draft
6 Notes
7 Misc.
Dreaming Wolf
8 Outline
9 Draft
10 Draft continued
11 MT-4, Ch. 1-9 (pp. 1-107)
12 Ch. 10-18 (pp. 108-218)
13 Ch. 19-26, Epilogue (pp. 219-317)
Stone Wolf’s Vision
14 Ch. 1-9 (pp. 1-106)
15 Ch. 10-18 (107-212)
16 Ch. 19-27 (pp. 213-315)
17 Draft, 2
18 Draft, 2
19 Outlines, Notes
Thunder on the Tennessee
20 Ch. 1-6 (pp. 1-89)
21 Ch. 7-13 (pp. 90-173)
22 Ch. 14-20 (pp. 174-254)
23 Draft
24 Correspondence
25 Loose, no folder Prologue- XX
2 Thunder on the Tennessee
1 Reviews, etc.
2 Temp.
3 Temp.
4 Run the Blockade
5 King’s Mountain
Starr’s Showdown
6 Original, Ch. 1-11 (pp. 1-111)
7 Original, Ch. 12-20 (pp. 112-206)
8 Revised, Ch. 1-11 (pp. 1-113)
9 Ch. 12-20 (pp. 114-209)
An Eagle’s Journey
10 Ch. 1-3 (pp. 1-42)
11 Ch. 4-6 (pp. 43-80)
12 Ch. 7-9 (pp. 81-121)
13 Ch. 10-12 (pp. 122-166)
14 Ch. 13-16 (pp. 167-213)
15 Ch. 17-19 (pp. 214-258)
16 Ch. 20-22 (pp. 259-292)
17 Correspondence
18 An Eagle’s Journey notes
19 Ch. 1-7 (pp. 1-96)
20 Ch. 8-15 (pp. 97-201)
21 Ch. 16-22 (pp. 202-292)
Something Special for Christmas
22 Ch. 1-5
23 Ch. 6-10
Antelope Springs
24 Ch. 1-10 (pp. 1-112)
25 Ch. 11-20 (pp. 113-218)
26 Antelope Springs notes
Texas Brazos
27 Pt. 1 Ch. 1-7 (pp. 1-101)
28 Pt. 2 Ch. 8-14 (pp. 102-201)
29 Pt. 3 Ch. 15-21 (pp. 202-304)
30 Pt. 4 Ch. 22-29 (pp. 305-403)
31 Correspondence
Purgatory
32 Ch. 1-11 (pp. 1-107)
33 Ch. 12-22 (pp. 108-217)
34 Correspondence
Thompson’s Mountain
35 Outline
36 Proposal
37 Research
38 The Mountain (pp. 1-93)
39 Renegade (pp. 94-182)
40 The Glory Hole (pp. 183-269)
41 Denver (pp. 270-349)
42 Revenge (pp. 350-439)
43 Correspondence
3 My Brother the Wind
1 Int.- II (pp. 1-29)
2 III-VI (pp. 30-75)
3 VII-IX (pp. 76-120)
4 X-XII (pp. 121-151)
5 XIII-XV (pp. 152-188)
6 XVIII-XX (pp. 217-243)
7 My Brother the Wind notes
8 Proof
9 (pp. 1-109)
10 Proof
11 My Brother the Wind notes
12 I
13 II
14 III
15 IV
A Cry of Angry Thunder
16 (pp. 1-144)
17 Ch. 1-3 (pp. 1-37)
18 Ch. 4-6 (pp. 38-81)
19 Ch. 7-10 (pp. 82-119)
20 Ch. 11-14 (pp. 120-160)
21 Ch. 15-17 (pp. 161-196)
22 Ch. 18-20 (pp. 197-230)
23 Ch. 21-24 (pp. 231-278)
24 Ch. 25-28 (pp. 279-313)
25 Correspondence
26 Proof
27 Proof
28 A Cry of Angry Thunder notes
4 Texas Brazos II: Fortune Bend
1 I. A New Dawn (pp. 1-103) (p.1 prologue)
2 II. North to Dodge City (pp. 104-203)
3 III. Wolves (pp. 204-301)
4 IV: The Tin Star (pp. 302-401)
5 Outline
6 Characters/Map
Comanche Crossing
7 Ch. 1-10 (pp. 1-100)
8 Ch. 11-20 (pp. 101-201)
9 Outline/Proposal
10 Notebook
The Wolf’s Tooth
11 Ch. 1-6 (pp. 1-62)
12 Ch. 7-12 (pp. 63-119)
13 Outline/Research
14 Final Manuscript
Abrego Canyon
15 Ch. 1-11 (pp. 1-119)
16 Ch. 12-21 (pp. 120-212)
17 Outlines, Correspondence
Texas Brazos III: Palo Pinto
18 I. Prosperity & Prol. (1-104)
19 II. The Railroad (105-204)
20 III. Conflict (205-304)
21 IV. The Crusade (305-391)
22 Outlines & Materials
This New Land
23 Ch. 1-5 (1-71)
24 Ch. 6-11 (72-121)
25 Outlines, etc.
The Return of Caulfield Blake
26 Ch. 1-10 (pp. 1-109)
27 Ch. 11-20 (pp. 110-218)
28 Outline/Background info. etc.
Sunrise
29 Ch. 1-12 (pp. 1-156)
30 Ch. 13-24 (pp. 157-292)
31 Draft + Outline
5 The Trident Brand
1 Ch. 1-3 (pp. 1-40)
2 Ch. 4-6 (pp. 41-73)
3 Ch. 7-9 (pp. 74-108)
4 Ch. 10-13 (pp. 109-150)
5 Ch. 14-17 (pp. 151-198)
6 Ch. 18-20 (pp. 199-229)
7 Ch. 21-23 (pp. 230-258)
8 Draft
9 Correspondence
10 Reader’s Set
Sam Delamer
11 Sam Delamer notes
12 Draft Ch. 1-10
13 Draft Ch. 11-20
14 Outlines, Notes
Darby Prescott: The Weeping Moon
15 Ch. 1-8 (pp. 1-102)
16 Ch. 9-15 (pp. 103-191)
17 Ch. 16-22 (pp. 192-278)
18 Notes
19 Draft
20 The Weeping Moon
Among the Eagles
21 Ch. 1-10 (pp. 1-110)
22 Ch. 11-20, EPIL (111-219)
23 Draft
24 Outline
Esmeralda
25 Draft
26 I. Ch. 1-10 (pp. 1-125)
27 Outlines, Materials
6 Buffalo Moon
1 Ch. 1-5
2 Ch. 6-10
3 Draft
4 Loose no folder
The Raid
5 Ch. 1-3 (pp. 1-39)
6 Ch. 4-7 (pp. 40-80)
7 Ch. 8-10 (pp. 81-104)
8 Ch. 11-12 (pp. 105-123)
9 Correspondence
The Antrian Messenger
10 Draft
11 Ch. 1-5
12 Ch. 6-10
13 Ch. 11-14
14 Correspondence
15 Original Version
16 Revised Version on disc
17 Loose no folder
West of the Cimarron
18 I. Ch. 1-7
19 II. Ch. 8-14
20 III. Ch. 15-22
21 Ch. 1-3 (pp. 1-34)
22 Ch. 4-6 (pp. 35-72)
23 Ch. 7-9 (pp. 73-109)
24 Ch. 10-12 (pp. 110-144)
25 Ch. 13-15 (pp. 145-180)
26 Ch. 16-19 (pp. 181-228)
27 Ch. 20-22 (pp. 229-268)
28 Correspondence
29 West of the Cimarron
Winter of the Wolf
30 Ch. 1-4 (pp. 1-41)
31 Ch. 5-9 (pp. 42-88)
32 Ch. 10-14 (pp. 89-133)
33 Outline
34 Draft-1
35 Draft-2
36 I
37 II
38 III
39 Loose no folder
40 Marked Set
7 Shawnee Trail
1 Ch. 1-10 (pp. 1-111)
2 Ch. 11-20
3 Draft
Warrior’s Road
4 1: Ch. 1-7 (pp. 1-85)
5 2: Ch. 8-16 (pp. 86-200)
6 3: Ch. 17-25 (pp. 201-320)
7 Outline
Wetherbys
8 Ch. 1-10 (pp. 1-111)
9 Ch. 11-20 (pp. 112-219)
10 Draft
Jericho’s Journey
11 Notes
12 Loose no folder
13 Loose no folder
Salt Water Flats
14 Outline, etc.
The Wayfarers
15 Ch. 1-11 (pp. 1-152)
16 Ch. 12-21, Ep. (pp. 153-291)
17 Outline
The Ramseys
18 Ch. 1-11 (1-123)
19 Ch. 12-20, EPIL. (pp. 124-223)
20 Outline, etc.
8 Comanche Summer
1 Loose no folder
The Wayward Trail
2 Ch. 1-10 (pp. 1-111)
3 Ch. 11-20 (pp. 112-211)
4 Outline/Char. Profiles, etc.
Texas Brazos IV: Caddo Creek
5 Outline/ Characters
6 (pp. 1-117)
7 (pp. 118-224)
8 (pp. 225-312)
9 (pp. 313-401)
10 Correspondence
11 Overview
12 Books & Correspondence
Avery’s Law
13 Ch. 1-10 (1-120)
14 Ch. 11-20 (122-211)
15 Outline Material
Ross’s Gap
16 Outline & Synopsis
17 Ch. 1-10 (pp.1-120)
18 Ch. 11-21 (pp. 121-230)
South Pass Ambush
19 Ch. 1-10 (pp. 1-102)
20 Ch. 11-20 (pp. 103-214)
21 Correspondence
22 Draft
The Seer
23 Ch. 1-7 (pp. 1-71)
24 Ch. 8-14 (pp. 72-129)
25 Outline, etc.
26 Loose no folder
Sweetwater Flats
27 Ch. 1-10 (pp. 1-112)
28 Ch. 11-21, Epilogue (113-223)
9 Lakota
1 I: Ch. 1-11 (pp. 1-123)
2 II: Ch. 12-22 (pp. 123-247)
3 Correspondence
4 Outline
5 Draft
6 Loose no folder
Matt Ramsey
7 Ch. 1-11 (pp. 1-122)
8 Ch. 12-22 (pp. 123-244)
9 Outline
Ramsey’s Luck
10 Ch. 1-11 (pp. 1-125)
11 Ch. 12-20 (pp. 126-234)
12 Outlines and materials
13 Draft
The Medicine Trail
14 Ch. 1-9 (1-112)
15 Ch. 10-17 (113-217)
16 Ch. 14-25 (165-320)
17 Ch. 18-25 (218-320)
18 Ch. 1-13 (1-164)
Blood Mesa
19 Draft
20 Ch. 1-10 (pp. 1-108)
21 Ch. 11-20, EPIL (109-221)
22 Outlines, etc.
10 Wake the Banshee
1 Final Draft
2 Draft 1
3 Notes
4 (Running the Blockade)- Taylor
5 Correspondence
6 Running the Blockade: Revised 9199
King’s Mountain
7 Final Draft
8 Draft 9/1/00
11 King’s Mountain
1 Draft 3
Research Materials
2 Illustrations
3 Old Ironsides
4 Gettysburg
5 TSL: Military Records
12 1 Dyer Wisconsin Regt. Histories
2 Sons of Union Veterans
3 Civil War Misc.
4 Cushman Major Pauline
5 Brownell, Kady (Mascot)
6 Walker, Doctor Mary: Civil War Doctor
7 Bickerdyke, (Mother): Civil War Nurse
8 Buck, Matilda: Civil War Nurse
9 Chamberlin, Sallie E.: Civil War Nurse
10 Felton, Clara: Civil War Nurse
11 Ford, Charlotte: Civil War Nurse
12 French, Lucretia: Civil War Nurse
13 Hale, Ellen: Civil War Nurse
14 Heath, Grace: Civil War Nurse
15 Lowell, Anna: Civil War Nurse
16 Noye, Helen: Civil War Nurse
17 Parker, Emily: Civil War Nurse
18 Hospital Background
19 USA Military History Institute
20 Wyeth, John
21 Denham, William G.: Robert Baldwin Coll @ USAM HI
22 Askew, William M.S.
23 Hattier, Charles Arnold
24 Knott, John Wesley (Richard Zigler Coll @ USAMI)
25 Boines, John E.: Citadel Cadet
26 Westmoreland, Jas. Alexander (J. Robert Madden Coll @ USAMHI)
27 Rhodes, John Jacob
28 Hart, Nancy: Conf. Spy
29 Mitchell, Charles B.
30 Skinner, William Dorsey (Elliott Cummings Coll @ USAMHI)
31 Drisko, Everard Irving (Bugler, California)
32 Connecticut, Flint Alvin A.
33 Volts, Haarman
34 Illinois: Hill, Theophilus
35 Illinois: Knoll, Thomas
36 Illinois: Jefferson, Thomas E.
37 Illinois: Hubbard, William A.
38 Cating, Napoleon (Polk): Bugler
39 Byam, Commodore Perry
40 Henry, John Andrew-Mollus (USAMHIPvt-CPT, Cos B, D 1st KS)
41 Smith, William M. Mollus (USAMHI-Cpl, Co D, 8th KY Inf)
42 Graffan, George Henry (LOC drummer, Co B, 30th ME Inf)
43 Massachusetts
44 McGraw, John (Pvt, Co G, 58th MASS lof Mollus Mass)
45 Hendershot, Robert H. Mollus (USAMHI- drummer Co B Mich Inf)
46 Gerry, H.E. “True History of Robert Henry Hendershot, the Drummer Boy of the Rappahannock”
47 Dodge, Wm Sumner, Robert Henry Hendershot; or the Drummer Boy of the Rappahannock
48 R.H. Hendershot-Pension info
49 Hanna, Milton (D of V, p. 137-CPl, Co M, 2nd Mn Inf)
50 Troth, Francis M. (Pvt Col, 21st Mo Inf (US) [CAH])
51 Nebraska-Colorado: Empty
52 Croteau, Joe (Pvt, Co, 2nd CO Calv.- Colorado Historical Society (C-D-V)
53 Livermore, Thos. (USAMHI 5th NH Inf)
54 Kilmer, George L. (PHCW vol. 10, p 25b Pvt Co D 27th NY Inf)
55 Gustav, Schurmann (Westphalia Cos D G 40th NY Inf USAMHI 1849-1905)
56 Ohio
57 Jordan, Leonidas (USAMHI RG 98S CWP 14.50 Pvt Co C 92nd OH Inf Co G 31st OH)
58 Pennsylvania
59 Geary, Edward R. (USAMHI mus 28th PA Inf/Capt Indt Bat E PA LT Arty
60 Rhode Island
61 Read, Theodore S. (PHCW v. 10 p. 25h Sgt Co K 1st VT CAV CAPT 9th VT Inf)
62 Southern States/USCT
63 Africanus, Scipio (ALA) USCT-MOLLUS, USAMHI-mus Pvt Co C 66 USCT
64 The Writer’s Guide to Everyday Life in the 1800s, 1993 (no folder)
65 Civil War General
66 Andersonville
67 Antietam
68 Atlanta Campaign
69 Appomattox
70 Selected Books For Young Readers
71 Mitchell Henderson McCuistion Diary
72 A Seventeen Year Old Texas Boy at Shiloh
73 Mamie Leary
74 Confederate Veteran
75 Stone’s River Letters, etc.
76 Research Contacts
77 Horton, Military Bio of SB Maxey
78 Pension Notes
79 Ector’s Brigade
13 1 Generals in Gray
2 Levy, To Die in Chicago
3 Why the South Lost the Civil War
4 Dallas Herald
5 Houston Tri-Weekly Telegraph
6 The Texas Slave Insurrection of 1860
7 Wendall Addington. “Slave Insurrection in Texas”
8 Sam Acheson and Julie Ann Hudson O’Connell. “George Washington Diamond’s Account of the Great Hanging at Gainesville, 1862
9 Frank, Smyrl. “Unionism in Texas”
10 Ralph, Wooster. “An Analysis of the Membership of the Texas Secession Convention”
11 Ralph, Wooster. “The Secession Conventions of the South”
12 William Winkler. “Journal of the Secession Convention of Texas”
13 Joe Timmerman “The Referendum in Texas on the Ordinance of the Secession”
14 Walter Buenger “Secession and the Union in Texas”
15 William Whitsett Letters. Co H Rt
16 Samuel Stout Papers - CAH
14 1 Misc Notes
2 Andrew J. Fogle Letters (Hill Co. College – CRC)
3 Jessie Bates Letters (Hill Coll-CRC)
4 Dee Ridley Letters (Shiloh NMP CAH TANU Commerce)
5 Burnet’s BATM
6 Martin Van Buren Gentry Diary (Reprint - 1988 Robert Hardy)
7 Confederate Military History
8 Maxey’s Texas
9 Collin CO Historical Markers
10 Ashcradt, A.C. “Texas in the Civil War”
11 “Letters of a Confederate Soldier” Fogle
12 Red River Dust
13 Marten “Slaves to Rebels”
14 Stolz, Jack. “Kaufman Co in the Civil War”
15 Horton, L.W. General SB Maxey; His defense of North Tex and the Indian Territory
16 An Essay on Texas Civil War Historiography
17 History of Collin County, Texas
18 Littlejohn, Elbridge. Papers
19 Lonn, Ella. Desertion during the Civil War
20 Planters and Plain Folk
21 Wealth and Power
22 Reluctant Martyr - Anthony Beasley
23 Wheat growers in Cotton Confederacy
24 Elm Creek Raid
25 Numbers and Losses in Civil War

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