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    [Civil War] and [Terry's Texas Rangers]. Gustave Cook Autograph Letter Signed. Four integral pages, 7.5" x 12.5", Bowling Green [Kentucky], November 20, 1861. Gustave Cook (1835-1897) writes to his wife, Eliza, after receiving the news of the death of a child back home (whether it is his little girl or not is unknown). He explains that he too has "...sorrowful news from camp for some of our Texas friends...," but the news is to be kept "...strictly private for it might create unnecessary grief..."

    He goes on to list the number of dead and sick in camp before relating the tale of "Fayette": "Fayette has been sick ever since we go to New Orleans but is up and about. I wrote you all the time that he was well but I only hoped he would soon be so...It is true that he shot a Captain in Nashville hitting him three times but he was entirely justifiable and was never arrested for it. The Captain himself said he ought to have been shot and that he did not wish the man arrested. They did not know who Fayette was only that he was a Texas Ranger and they never tried to find him out."

    He hopes to get a promotion soon: "I think that I shall get a Captaincy in an Arizona and Texas Regiment and return to Texas this winter if I am not made Captain in this Regiment." Cook received his captaincy, serving with the 8th Texas Cavalry, "Terry's Texas Rangers," rising through the ranks before ending his service as a colonel. He was wounded several times and returned to Texas to practice law. In 1890, he ran unsuccessfully for governor.

    Smoothed folds. Lightly toned with separation of the main vertical fold.


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