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    Joseph H. Barnard Autograph Letter Signed "Joseph H. Barnard," one page, 7.5" x 6.5". No place, no year. Thursday Morning, September 28th. In full "Sir - There is 25 ¾ Barrels of Corn in the load hauler this morning - I will shell out a barrel of it & measure it - I have the same barrel to measure the remainder. If you should send up a load from your house - I can spare me the chickens we talked of. I would like to have you send one up a day in the baggage. Yours respectfully." Massachusetts native Dr. Joseph H. Barnard (1804-1861) had been practicing medicine in Canada when he left for Texas in late 1835 to enlist in the Texas Revolutionary army as a private with the Red Rovers (uniformed in red jeans), a unit of Col. James W. Fannin's regiment. Dr. Barnard accompanied the unit to Goliad and was assigned to the Lafayette Battalion. Col. Fannin and his regiment surrendered to Mexican forces at the Battle of Coleto on March 19, 1836. Eight days later, Fannin and 342 of his men were massacred by orders of General Santa Anna. The Goliad Massacre, together with the fall of the Alamo on March 6th, branded both Santa Anna and the Mexican people with a reputation for cruelty and 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. Dr. Joseph H. Barnard was not executed at Goliad. He was taken to San Antonio to treat Mexicans wounded at the Battle of the Alamo; he later escaped. Uniformly foxed, slight spreading of ink at top. Very good condition.

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    December, 2007
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