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    [Mexican War]. James Pinckney Henderson and David G. Burnet Military Appointment Signed. One page, 13.25" x 10.75" (sight), Austin, June 12, 1847, appointing "Washington Lomis First Lieutenant in the Separate Battalion, County of Guadaloupe [sic], 1st Brigade, 5th Division Texas Militia." Folds are weakened with separation at the intersection resulting in minor loss of paper. Areas of staining along the main horizontal fold. Scattered spots of foxing. Both signatures are bold. Matted and framed to an overall size of 19.25" x 17".

    In 1846, when war with Mexico first erupted following the annexation of Texas, Gen. Zachary Taylor appealed to J. Pinckney Henderson (1808-1858), the first governor of Texas, for more troops. Henderson called for volunteers among the citizens of Texas and the Texas militia responded. Throughout the war, the Texans served with distinction. For his part, Henderson, himself a former brigadier general in the Texan Army and wanting to serve his state in more than just a political role, received special permission from the state legislature and was given a command of the 2nd Texas Regiment, United States Army. The 2nd Texas saw action at the Battle of Monterrey and Henderson was tasked with helping in the negotiations for surrender of the city. Toward the end of the war he was given a major general's rank of Texas Volunteers. After the war, he served out the remainder of his term as governor, but chose to not seek reelection.

    David G. Burnet (1788-1870), who signs as the first Texas secretary of state, served as the first (interim) President of the Republic of Texas from March through October of 1836 and as the second vice president under Mirabeau B. Lamar.

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