James C. Neill Autograph Document Signed: Alamo "J C Neill the/Lt Coln of Artilery," one page, 8" x 7.5". Houston, November 26, 1837. Original spelling. In full: "I Do here by Certify that John E Garvin enterd the vollinteer Army of Texis on the 14th December 1835 in the Artilery Core under my Command & fell in the Alamo." John E. Garvin had joined the Texas artillery under Lt. Col. James C. Neill at San Antonio de BĂ©xar. Garvin was at home in Gonzales when the Alamo was surrounded and he joined the relief force to return to his post on March 1, 1836. Garvin died in the Battle of the Alamo on March 6, 1836. On October 2, 1835, James C. Neill was a participant of the skirmish at Gonzales. John Holland Jenkins, teenage soldier and later Texas Ranger, recorded that Neill "fired the first gun for Texas at the beginning of the revolution," the famous Gonzales "Come and Take It" cannon. As Lieutenant Colonel of Artillery in the regular army, constantly calling for reinforcements and supplies, Neill buttressed the defenses of the Alamo. In mid-February, Neill left the Alamo to care for his family, all of whom had been stricken with a serious illness. He left William Barret Travis in temporary command, assuring the garrison that he would return within 20 days. He was riding back when the fort fell. Light offset occurred when the document was folded before the ink had dried. In near fine condition, with uneven margins along top and at right.

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