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    Albert Sidney Johnston Army of Texas Honorable Discharge Signed "A. Sidney Johnston" as Secretary of War, one page, 7.5" x 3.25". Austin, January 8, 1840. Partly printed, completed in manuscript. In full, "This is to certify that D. Cooper Entered the Army of Texas on the nineteenth day of January 1836 and was Honorably Discharged. This certificate is given said claimant for the purpose of enabling him to obtain his Head right from the Hon. Board of Land Commissioners." [Houston: Printed at the Telegraph Office (Francis Moore), c.1837/1838]. The Telegraph was the first Houston newspaper. Dr. Francis Moore was the editor of the Telegraph from 1837-1854. The printed word "Houston" is lined through and replaced in manuscript with "Austin." Houston was capital of the Republic of Texas from April 19, 1837, until January 19, 1839 when Austin became the capital city. On December 22, 1838, Albert Sidney Johnston was appointed Secretary of War of the Republic of Texas by President Mirabeau B. Lamar, and in December 1839, he led an expedition against the Cherokee in East Texas. On March 1, 1840, Johnston returned to Kentucky. On April 6, 1862, Confederate General Johnston was killed while leading his forces at the Battle of Shiloh. Dillard Cooper traveled to Texas with Capt. John Shackelford's Red Rovers, landing at Copano Bay on January 19, 1836. Shortly thereafter, he was sent to join James W. Fannin's command. Cooper was slightly wounded at the battle of Coleto but escaped the Goliad Massacre. Browned waterstaining at left does not affect printing or manuscript. Fine condition. From the collection of Darrel Brown.

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