Skip to main content
Go to accessibility notice


    [John S. "RIP" Ford]. Texas Ranger John Littleton Discharge Signed. One page, 15.25" x 10", "Camp Carricitas [Cameron County, Texas]," June 16, 1861. The document certifies that "Fred Pell . . . of Captain John Littleton's Company of Mounted Volunteers, part of the Forces of the Rio Grande Military District, Lately commanded by John S. Ford" was "Honorably Discharged from the Military Service of the State of Texas, as a Private." The discharge contains a breakdown of pay for his service from February 20 until June 16, 1861, and other expenses totaling $124.74. Folds are weak and separating at the left edge. Docketed on the verso. Overall toning, especially along the folds.

    During the Civil War, RIP Ford was in command of the military district of the Rio Grande along the southern border with Mexico. Ford and his Mounted Volunteers were tasked with protecting the frontier from Union troops, marauding Indians, and raids from Mexico, including those led by Juan Cortina.

    John Littleton (circa 1825-1868), a native of Tennessee, arrived in Texas in 1856. Two years later, he had joined William G. Tobin's company of Mounted Volunteers for a span of five days, but rejoined as a lieutenant at the beginning of the Cortina War, being promoted to captain when Tobin became major of John S. "RIP" Ford's old battalion. He left his company in January 1860, joining Ford in his new battalion. A delegate to the Texas Secession Convention, he served the Confederate Army as a captain of cavalry fighting Indians on the frontier until late 1863 and participated in the final battle of the war, Palmito Ranch.

    Fees, Shipping, and Handling Description: Flat Material, Small (view shipping information)

    Sales Tax information  |  Terms and Conditions

    Bidding Guidelines and Bid Increments

    Glossary of Terms

    ‡ The owner placed a late bid on this unreserved lot and repurchased it, subject to applicable commission.

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    September, 2013
    21st Saturday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 3
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
    Page Views: 707

    Buyer's Premium per Lot:
    19.5% of the successful bid (minimum $14) per lot.

    Sold for: Sign-in or Join (free & quick)

    Heritage membership

    Join Now - It's Free

    1. Past Auction Values (prices, photos, full descriptions, etc.)
    2. Bid online
    3. Free Collector newsletter
    4. Want List with instant e-mail notifications
    5. Reduced auction commissions when you resell your
    Consign now
    • Cash Advances
    • More Bidders
    • Trusted Experts
    • Over 200,000 Satisfied Consignors Since 1976
    Consign to the 2018 August 18 Americana & Political - Dallas.

    Learn about consigning with us

    The department director has the heart of a true and highly knowledgeable collector with the business acumen of someone who has been not only successful but has decades of an impeccable track record
    David Greenburg,
    Chicago, IL
    View More Testimonials receives more traffic than any other auction house website. (Source:

    Video tutorial

    Getting the most out of search

    Recent auctions

    2018 March 17 Western Americana & Texana Grand Format Auction - Dallas
    2018 March 17 Western Americana & Texana Grand Format Auction - Dallas
    REALIZED SO FAR $327,896