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    [Confederate Texas]. William DeRyee Autograph Document Signed with Five Related Documents. One page, 10.5" x 8.5", "State Chemical Laboratory," May 7, 1863. DeRyee writes to Col. Daskill regarding "specimens of powder presented to me by Capt. B. Henricks." DeRyee, a German chemist and inventor, was appointed as state chemist charged with producing percussion caps at the beginning of the Civil War. With three statements regarding the sale of Mexican powder (1862 through 1863); one invoice of goods delivered by John Moore to the Texas Military Board, December 31, 1863; and a balance sheet listing monies due John Moore by the Texas Military Board, n.d., totaling $46,891.99.

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    William DeRyee (1825-1903), a native of Bavaria, came to Texas by way of Tennessee in 1856. The following year he invented a system of photography called homeography. He settled in San Antonio in 1859 where he worked as a photographer. When the Civil War broke out, he was placed in charge of the Texas Percussion Cap Manufactory and, by the end of the war, he was with the Confederate Nitre and Mining Bureau. After the war, he opened a drugstore in Corpus Christi and nursed the sick and dying during a yellow fever outbreak in that place in 1867 (all the physicians had died of the disease), having some success using chlorinated water.

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