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    [Vasquez Campaign]. John M. Swisher Second Class "B" Debt Certificate Signed "Jno M. Swisher." One partially-printed page, 11" x 10", Austin, August 16, 1854. This certificate, acknowledging a "Public Debt of the Late Republic of Texas," certifies that "Daniel B. Guerrant . . . filed with the Auditor and Comptroller A claim for Services on the Vasquez Campaign amounting to Thirty one 50/100 Dollars." Docketed on the verso. Smoothed folds show light discoloration with just a hint of separation beginning at the upper and lower edges. Punch cancellation has resulted in three small slashes. Two small staple holes near the upper left corner.

    Eight years after gaining her independence, Texas was again subjected to invasion from Mexico. In early March 1842, Mexican soldiers occupied Goliad, Refugio, and Victoria. On March 5, approximately 700 men under the command of Gen. Rafael Vasquez (1804-1854) arrived on the outskirts of San Antonio. The Texans evacuated and San Antonio was occupied for two days. Vasquez and his men then retreated south to the Rio Grande and crossed back into Mexico.

    John Swisher (1819-1891) immigrated to Texas with his family in 1833. During the Texas Revolution, Swisher and nearly a dozen men headed to relieve Travis at the Alamo, but upon reaching Gonzales on March 5, 1836, joined Sam Houston's army as part of Co. "H," First Regiment, Texas Volunteers, taking part in the Battle of San Jacinto. After the war, he worked for the Texas government as a clerk in the treasury department, the auditor's office, the Ninth Congress of the Republic of Texas, and during the Convention of 1845. He was appointed auditor of public accounts in 1848 and paymaster of the Texas Rangers from 1860 until secession.


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