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    [Texas Revolution]. Edward S. Burleson Sr. Military Discharge Signed as commander-in-chief. One page, 8" x 4.25", "Bejar," December 15, 1835, discharging volunteer William S. Blount, a volunteer with the "troops of Nacogdoches." Toned paper with smoothed folds and minor staining. Affixed to a stiff backing which is slightly smaller than the document. The document reads in full:

    "William G. Blount Entered the volunteer troops of Nacogdoches on the 14 of November and has discharged his duty faithfully & honorable to himself & country and is truly honorably discharged in Bejar Decr. 15th 1835. [Signed] J. Roth / Edward Burles / Com in Chief."

    "William S. Blount" is likely Stephen William Blount (1808-1890), a signer of the 1836 Texas Declaration of Independence who arrive in San Augustine, Texas - where he settled and near Nacogdoches - in August 1835. Only months after arriving, he volunteered for a short stint with the Texas army. In the spring of 1835, Edward Burleson (1798-1851) served as a member of the committee of safety, but in October, he was elected lieutenant colonel in the infantry in Stephen Austin's army. One month later on November 24, he was assigned general of the volunteer army, commanding his men - which likely included Blount - during the Siege of Bexar at the Grass Fight. Burleson was promoted commander-in-chief of the volunteer army on December 1, 1835, fourteen days before signing this discharge. Shortly after the success at the Grass Fight, the volunteer army disbanded.

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