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    [John S. "Rip" Ford] Special Orders placing Ford under the command of Major Samuel P. Heintzelman during operations against Mexican guerrilla leader Juan Cortina. One page, 7.75" x 9.75", Brownsville, Texas, February 2, 1860. In full:

    Special Order
    To Sr. Capt. J. S. Ford
    Comdor Texas Ranger
    on Rio Grande Frontier

    And after this note your recruits[?] and the troops under your command will be directed by Major Heintzman [sic] as the Commding Officer of U.S.A. on this Frontier. John will therefore obey all orders Emminating from such Officer.
    A. Norono
    Robt. A. Tyler

    To Capt. J. S. Ford
    Comanding Texas Rangers
    Rio Grande Frontier

    In late 1859, Texas Ranger John Ford (1815-1897) was sent by the governor of Texas to recruit a group of Texas Rangers to engage Juan Cortina, a Mexican military leader who was leading a guerrilla insurgency along the Rio Grande. Ford first encountered Cortina in December 1859; two months later, Ford and his Rangers were placed under the command of Major Samuel P. Heintzelman (1805-1880), a West Point graduate and veteran of the Mexican War. Together, the force of Texas Rangers and U.S. soldiers defeated Cortina in early February 1860 in a battle near Brownsville, Texas, though Cortina escaped into Mexico. Later that February, Lt. Robert E. Lee arrived to assess the situation, which remained peaceful until the Civil War began in the spring of 1861. "Rip" Ford served a long and distinguished career as a Texas politician and soldier (a veteran of both the Mexican War and Civil War). The document is on lined-paper with docketing on verso. Fine.

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