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    Colonel John S. "RIP" Ford War-dated Handwritten Orders Signed Twice. Throughout the Texas Revolution and the Civil War, Colonel John "RIP" Ford relied heavily and confidently upon Captain John J. Dix, Jr. for support and assistance. In April 1864, Colonel Ford, as commander of the Texas Expeditionary Forces, recommended Dix for a Confederate officer's commission. This brief letter orders Dix to begin taking on his new duties as Agent of the Subsistence Department.

    One page, 8" x 9", "Reynoso, July 20, 1864." In full: "Sir, You, as Agent of the Chief Qr. Master of the Expdy Forces will at once enter in your duties as such and discharge the same to the best of your abilities and all Officers and Soldiers of These forces are required to aid and assist you in the service. [signed] John S. Ford, Col. Comdg."

    Below the order is a penciled pass, also in Ford's hand, allowing Dix to go to Edinburg, also dated July 20, 1864, with a second signature "John S Ford Col. Com'd." Endorsed on verso in another hand, "Appointment as Agent by Col Jno S Ford" and added under that "and passport."

    Charged with acquisitioning food, arms, livestock, and various other materials, Dix procured enough beef, pork, lard, vinegar, molasses, coffee, rice, beans, pickles, flour, salt, sugar, and tobacco for 1500 men. Dix was also responsible for acquiring enough hay and corn to feed saddle horses, pack animals, and wagon teams.

    Condition: Heavily age toned; small chip at right edge and at lower edge. Fine.

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