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3215 - SAM HOUSTON, TEXAS, Carte de Visite by Brady. Bust pose of Houston wearing a checkered vest. Houston became a key figure in the history of Texas and was elected as the first and third President of the Republic of Texas, U.S. Senator for Texas after it joined the United States, and finally as a governor of the state. He refused to swear loyalty to the Confederacy when Texas seceded from the Union in 1861 with the outbreak of the American Civil War, and was removed from office. To avoid bloodshed, he refused an offer of a Union army to put down the Confederate rebellion. Instead, he retired to Huntsville, Texas, where he died before the end of the American Civil War. His earlier life included migration to Tennessee from Virginia, time spent with the Cherokee Nation (into which he later was adopted as a citizen and into which he married), military service in the War of 1812, and successful participation in Tennessee politics. In 1827, Houston was elected Governor of Tennessee as a Jacksonian. In 1829, Houston resigned as governor and relocated to Arkansas Territory. In 1832, Houston was involved in an altercation with a U.S. Congressman, followed by a high-profile trial. Shortly afterwards, he relocated to Coahuila y Tejas, then a Mexican state, and became a leader of the Texas Revolution. Sam Houston supported annexation by the United States. When he assumed the governorship of Texas in 1859, Houston became the only person to have become the governor of two different U.S. states through direct, popular election, as well as the only state governor to have been a foreign head of state. Choice condition..........................................................SOLD

100808 - EARLY US MAP SHOWING THE TEXAS REPUBLIC, [1844], 7" X 8", published by Sidney Hall of London, nicely hand-colored in pastel shades. TEXAS shown as a Republic, interesting outline of Arkansas extending way north of the Texas Republic, Spanish California still controlled by the Mexicans. Quite nice........................................$100.00

100809 - TEXAS SILVER STAR, 5/8" - .75", silver TEXAS star used on a kepi or blouse, excavated at Port Hudson, LA [1863], hand-made star created by a soldier, RARE.....................................................$250.00

100810 - WALLER'S REGIMENT OF TEXAS CAVALRY, March 7th, 1864, Camp Grace, Texas. A note for $50 due Travis Hensley from L. K. Dubois both members of Waller's Texas Cavalry, small manuscript 4" X 7", Hensley was named after William Barret Travis after the fall at the Alamo by his Father who was a close friend of Travis. Some age tone. Very good.................................................$65.00

100811 - WALLER'S TEXAS CAVALRY, July 24th, 1863, 3" X 7" manuscript stating of $100 by the AAQM John S. Hirschfield dated at St. Martinsville, LA. Very good.....................$65.00

100812 - AN ACT BY THE REPUBLIC OF TEXAS TO REDEEM PROMISSORY NOTES IN CIRCULATION, The Picayune, New Orleans, LA, May 14th, 1840. 4 pages, front page long printed notice on the redemption of Texas Republic currency by David Burnett and approved by Mirabeau Lamar, several illustrated ads for Negroes for sale, a very early New Orleans paper with Texas content........................................$45.00


8005 - SHIPPING TO EARLY TEXAS IN 1826, Shipping of "Nankeens" to the Rio Grande of Texas in 1827 through the Port of New Orleans, 9" X 10", pre-printed and filled in manifest of a shipment of Yellow Nankeens to Rio Grande that originated in Canton, China and was at first sent to Philadelphia on the ship "Phoenix" from Canton. The shipment arrived from Philadelphia on the ship "Ohio" into the Port of New Orleans and then shipped to the Rio Grande on the schooner "Catawba". Nankeens were cotton pants that originated in China and derived their name from the city that originated manufacture Nanjing. These "nankeens" were a yellow color which was caused by the use of particular cotton. These trousers were very durable and were most certainly imported for use by the working class and slaves. By this time Anglo settlers were coming into Texas from the Southern States along with their slaves. The importer was Marc Crozot. A well-written early Texas related document. Very fine...............................................................................$75.00

238 - REPUBLIC OF TEXAS, 1842
, 10" X 12" engraved by Dower of London. A map of North America border colored in inks in pastel colors showing the new Republic of Texas, Missouri Territory, New California. An interesting early map before the War with Mexico in 1846, covers from Central America, north to Canada..................................
$350.00

239 - CALIFORNIA, TERRITORIES OF NEW MEXICO AND UTAH, 18" X 25" by Johnson 1862. Beautifully hand colored, choice................................$145.00

240 - NEBRASKA, DAKOTAS, COLORADO AND KANSAS, 14" X 18" by Johnson 1862. Hand-colored, excellent................................$95.00


255 - A WESTERN MINER WRITES ABOUT CONDITIONS AT FORT SCOTT, KS AND AFFAIRS WITH THE INDIANS KILLING MINERS HEADING WEST, Fort Scott, KS, August 5th, 1864. 3 pages in ink to his sister by S.S. Peterman...he describes his travels getting to Fort Smith through Fort Gibson in the Cherokee Nation, the Osage Mission..."he is among the living-he attended a Methodist camp meeting-all grades and colors were in attendance - Preachers in this part of Kansas trying to raise money to build churches in Fort Scott...thinks they will have a hard time doing that around Fort Scott. Even the Military Chaplains here neglect their duties - the Post Chaplain has preached only once this summer - he has bought up property here and spends his time improving the property with a large detail of troops while he is paid to preach! The Indians of the Plains have declared war on the white man and has robbed the mail and killed immigrants that are going to the mines." Comes with a biography of Peterman who was a miner in Arizona (San Juan mines) and Colorado. Ran out by the Navajo in Arizona from his mining claim, had his claim jumped in Colorado. He was pressed into military service for three months by General Canby and then wound up at Fort Scott where he worked for the government........................................$295.00


TEXAS RAILROADS

256 - HOUSTON AND BRAZORIA RAILWAY COMPANY, State of Texas, ornate stock certificate for stock valued at $100, circulated 1870's. Lovely vignette of a vintage train, crisp un-circulated, light tone, un-issued..................................$30.00

257 - LAVACA NAVIGATION COMPANY, State of Texas, Lavaca, TX, 1850's. Stock certificate for stock valued at $50 each. Vignette of a primitive side wheel steamboat in the center, un-issued, mint condition, early Texas steamship company...........................$25.00

258 - HOUSTON AND GREAT NORTHERN RAILROAD COMPANY OF TEXAS, dated at Houston, TX, 1871. One share of stock at $100 each, issued and signed, nice large 25 cent brown Washington revenue stamp affixed to the left. Very fine............................$49.00


8006 - PAY DUE A MEMBER OF CAPTAIN JOHN HAYES'S SPY COMPANY, TEXAS RANGERS IN 1842, 10" X 11", pre-printed Republic of Texas certificate granting George Voss, deceased, the sum of $127 for his services in Captain Hayes's Spy Company in 1842. Dated March 17th, 1854 at Austin, Texas. Pre-printed and filled-in. Hayes was considered the 1st Texas Ranger. Information shows that this sum would have had to be paid to his sister as his only heir. VOSS, JOHANN, GEORGE ANDREAS (1809 - 1848?). George Voss, survivor of the Goliad Massacre and later one of the Bexar prisoners in Perote fortress, son of Hans Peter and Margaretha Elizabeth Voss, was born in Hamburg - Harburg, Germany, on May 19, 1809. In October 1835, immediately after his arrival in Texas, he rode into San Antonio intent upon joining the Texas army but instead was seized by the Mexican commandant, Gen. Martin Perfecto de Cos, and thrown into prison. After his release in December upon Cos's surrender of San Antonio to the Texans, Voss was assigned to the company of New Orleans Grays under Col. James W. Fannin at Goliad. He was still with that company on March 20, when Fannin surrendered to Gen. Josť de Urrea. Voss pretended to be a physician, and because the enemy valued his supposed medical skills, his life was spared at the Goliad Massacre. He was released from service in the Army of the Republic of Texas on May 30, 1836. Subsequently, he is reported to have seen "a great deal of frontier service," including several Indian fights and six months' service in the Texas Rangers, from March 1 to August 31, 1842, in Capt. John C. Hayes's spy company. In September 1842, Voss was working ass a merchant in San Antonio when that city was invaded and captured by Gen. AdriŠn Woll on order of the Mexican government. Voss was among sixty-two Texans who surrendered in the plaza on September 11, 1842. With most of the other Bexar prisoners, he was taken to Perote prison in Mexico, where he remained until March 1844, when the Bexar and Dawson prisoners were released through the efforts of Waddy Thompson, the United States minister to Mexico (see DAWSON MASSACRE). Voss appears to have returned to San Antonio after his release from captivity in Mexico. He died sometime between January 14, 1846, when he appeared before the justice of the peace in New Braunfels to give testimony regarding money owed him by the state, and June 20, 1850, when witnesses appeared before the commissioner for Texas in New Orleans to certify that George Voss had died unmarried and interstate............................SOLD

237 - GENERAL GEORGE A. CUSTER, Famous Civil War cavalry commander as well as commander of the 7th US Cavalry during the Indian Wars. Killed at Little Big Horn in 1876 with all of his men. An unusually nice dated Civil War dated signature "G.A. Custer". Acting Chief of Cavalry dated November 26th, 1864 as Major General. An outstanding bold ink signature that is not clipped in any way as may have seen on today's market...............................................SOLD

 

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