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Texana Items


9260 - TEXAS LAWMAN AND TRAIL DRIVER, W. T. "BILL" JACKMAN, Hays County Sheriff, document signed as Sheriff of Hays County, Trail driver through the 1870's - 80's, drove for several famous ranchers in Texas to Nebraska, later rancher and Sheriff. Trail Drivers are quite collectible, have seen these sold as high as $125.00, very fine.............................$45.00


6192A - CONFEDERATE TEXAS SOLDIER'S DISCHARGE, SPAIGHT'S BATTALION, 7.5" X 10", a printed form with SOLDIER'S DISCHARGE as a heading. ARMY OF THE CONFEDERATE STATES, a discharge dated at Beaumont, Texas, January 6th, 1863 for Corporal John Brown, Company H, Spaight's Battalion of Texas Volunteers, PACS, who had enlisted the 21st of April, 1862. He was honorably discharged after procuring a "substitute" named R. S. Holland. Brown was described as being born in Chambers County, Texas, 29 years of age, 5' 10 3/4", dark complexion, blue eyes, and dark hair and was a farmer at enlistment. Signed by Lt. Colonel A. W. Spaight's. Some pinholes at folds, otherwise the paper is firm and embellishments well written and in dark ink. Rare.............................................$395.00

6192B - TEXAS OATH OF ALLEGIANCE - HE IS ALLOWED TO VOTE AGAIN, 1865, Liberty County, Texas, September 23rd, 1865, 4.75" X 5", pre-printed and filled in certificate of allegiance for John Brown who had served in Spaight's Battalion stating that he has taken the oath and is being placed again on the voter's rolls of Liberty County. Signed by J. O. Shelby, Chief Justice of Liberty County, Texas. Some archival restoration on verso to some fissures, overall bold and very good.......................................................$85.00


5121 - THOMAS RUSK OF TEXAS, Thomas Jefferson Rusk (December 5, 1803 - July 29, 1857) was an early political and military leader of the Republic of Texas, serving as its first Secretary of War as well as a general at the Battle of San Jacinto. He was later a U.S. politican and served as a Senator from Texas from 1846 until his suicide. He served as the President pro tempore of the United States Senate in 1857. After the Mexicans killed all James W. Fannin's Texan army at Goliad, Burnet sent Rusk with orders for General Sam Houston to make a stand against the enemy. Rusk participated with bravery in the defeat of Santa Anna on April 21, 1836, in the Battle of San Jacinto. From May to October 1836, he served as commander-in-chief of the Army of the Republic of Texas, with the rank of brigadier general. He followed the Mexican troops westward as they retired from Texas to be certain of their retreat beyond the Rio Grande. Then he conducted a military funeral for the troops killed a Goliad. Rusk supported Sam Houston and the growing movement to annex Texas to the United States. He was president of the Convention of 1845, which accepted the annexation terms. The first state legislature elected him and Houston to the United States Senate in February 1846. Rusk received the larger number of votes and the longer term of office. The two men forgot past differences as they worked to settle the southwest boundary question in favor of the Texas claim to the Rio Grande. Rusk supported the position of U.S. President James K. Polk on the necessity of the Mexican War and the acquisition of California. In the debate over the Compromise of 1850, Rusk refused to endorse secession, proposed by some in the caucus of Southern congressmen. He vigorously defended Texas claims to the New Mexico Territory and argued forcefully for just financial compensation for both the loss of revenue from import duties as well as the loss of territory. As an early advocate of a transcontinental railroad through Texas, he made speeches in the Senate and throughout Texas in support of a southern route. He toured the state in 1853 to investigate a possible route. The Gadsden Purchase received his support. Rusk was in favor of the Kansas-Nebraska Act. President James Buchanan offered him the position of United States Postmaster General in 1857, but had turned it down. (Buchanan instead give the post to Aaron V. Brown). His signature, "Tho. J. Rusk, Texas,"........................................................$75.00

5126 - SAM HOUSTON, (March 2, 1793 - July 26, 1863) was an American politician and soldier, best known for his role in bringing Texas into the United States as a constituent state. Houston was born at Timber Ridge Plantation in Rockbridge County of Virginia, of Scots-Irish descent. 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 181, 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. A HUGE 6" signature as a member of Congress from Texas in 1848 - 49....................................................................$795.00


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..................................SOLD

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


 

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