[Texas Republic]. Thomas Sypert Military Appointment Signed. One page, 8.25" x 9" (sight), Franklin, April 27, 1843. To William Young "of the Republic of Texas / Brazos county," in full: "Having full confidence in your integrity, ability and patriotism, I do hereby appoint you Quarter Master Sergeant of the Fifth Regment [sic] and Second Brigade of the Militia of the Republic of Texas, and you will be obeyed and respected as such. You are strictly enjoined to discharge with faithfulness, and to the best of your ability, the duties appertaining to your appointment as Quarter Master Sergeant." Sypert signs as commanding colonel of the 5th Regiment, 2nd Brigade, Texas Militia. Countersigned by J. H. Evetts as lieutenant colonel of Texas militia. Dampstaining at the upper edge and along the folds has caused fading of the text in places, but the letter is still wholly legible. Some separation at the folds. Areas of wrinkling along the edges. Matted and framed to an overall size of 17.25" x 25.75".

    Military records show that William Young was born in 1822. He enlisted about May 7, 1841. Texas had claimed a large area north and west of its boundaries, including a large stretch of the Santa Fe Trail, a lucrative trade route linking Missouri with Santa Fe. Proposed and organized by Texas Pres. Mirabeau B. Lamar on June 19, 1841, a trading expedition set out from Austin, Texas, for Santa Fe, New Mexico. A military escort of several companies was organized, commanded by Hugh McLeod. Young was part of the military escort. The expedition of 320 men was captured by the Mexican army and was marched 2,000 miles to a prison in Mexico City. Young was released on or about June 13, 1842. The affair became the subject of a heated diplomatic controversy between the United States and Mexico due to the presence of American citizens on the expedition. In 1843, by this letter, Young was appointed Quarter Master Sergeant in the Militia of the Republic of Texas. It took 12 years, but in 1853 he received compensation for the Santa Fe Expedition. For one year and three months' salary, plus the two horses he proved he lost, he was paid $350.

    Thomas Sypert and J.H. Evetts had served under Captain Eli Chandler and participated in the Somervell Expedition in 1842. Colonel Sypert was one of the panel of five military officers who participated in the 1844 court-martial of Texas Navy Captain Edwin W. Moore.

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