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    James W. Fannin Jr. Autograph Signed Appraisal for Horse Killed during the Battle of Concepcion, 8" x 2.25", November 23, 1835, "Done in Camp at the Mills above Bejar", appraising a horse "lost at the Battle of Concepcion". In full: "I do hereby certify that Lt. R. Halder of the 'Brazos Guards' brought into public service a Bay Horse, which was lost at the Battle of Concepcion on 28th Octr. & valued, by competent appraisers, at Sixty Dollars. Done in Camp at the Mills above Bejar 23d Nov. 1835. Jm Fannin Jr/ Capt Brazos Guards." One month before this receipt was signed, thirty-one-year-old Fannin, together with Jim Bowie, fought at the Battle of Concepcion, one of the earliest battles of the Texas Revolution. During the quick-thirty minute engagement, one Texan was killed and one wounded, while fourteen Mexican soldiers were killed and thirty-nine wounded. Lt. Halder's "Bay Horse" was also a casualty.

    James Fannin Jr., who had attended two years at West Point, was later elected colonel of the Provisional Regiment of Volunteers at Goliad on February 7th. When he learned that the Mexicans had occupied Matamoros, Fannin went no further with plans for a southern expedition and fell back to strengthen defenses at Goliad. On March 12th, he dispatched most of his force to aid Texans near Refugio. Seven days later, Fannin began a retreat which had been ordered by General Sam Houston, but he and his men were surrounded and forced to surrender at the Battle of Coleto. The Texans were imprisoned by the Mexicans at Goliad where they were executed by order of Antonio López de Santa Anna on March 27, 1836. The fall of the Alamo and the Goliad Massacre of 342 Texans aroused the fury of the people of Texas, the United States, and even Great Britain and France, thus considerably promoting the success of the Texas Revolution. Endorsed by various individuals on verso (R. Halder, R. J. Calder, "Bennet & Sharp", and G. Waller[?]). On toned paper with tape repairs on verso along weak folds. Light stains and minor marginal tears. Near fine.

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