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    John Henry Brown asks fellow Ranger and Confederate "Rip" Ford to take his son "on a campaign west... to learn the county and all beware of guerilla warfare"

    [John S. "Rip" Ford]. John Henry Brown Autograph Letter Signed to Texas Ranger Rip Ford. One and one-half pages (one sheet), 8" x 10.5", Bonham [Texas], January 23, 1864. In this letter, John Henry Brown asks famed Texas Ranger Rip Ford for two favors; firstly, to take his son, Julius Brown, on "a campaign west"; secondly, to make special arrangements so Julius can keep his two horses in "the government stable" at government expense. In part as written:

    "My son, Julius R. Brown , desires to raise a company of boys in the spring, all to be under 18. I am taking steps to get him the authority. He has been in the service in all over two years, and is not yet 18. He has won the confidence and esteem, as I have reason to believe, of every officer with whom he has served. He has been on Bankhead's staff as an aid with the rank of Lieut., but the non-confirmation of B's promotion, has thrown him out of a place. If you have gone on a campaign west, I have advised Julius to go with you for about two months to learn the country and all beware of guerrilla warfare. In that event I desire he should be in your mess[?] and solicit for him that friendship that you would expect of me for a son of yours, of similar aspirations. If you have not gone west, then I prefer his remaining in Austin until the result of my application is known. In the latter case I would take it as a great favor if you would order or arrange it so that Julius can keep his horse or horses (for he has had two) in the government stable. My expenses are enormous and as both my boys & self are serving the country, you can appreciate the importance of this economical idea. I initiated and [. . . illegible] [former Texas Ranger] Major H[arris] A. Hamner to establish an encampment at Weatherford, Parker County."

    Brown joined the Texas Rangers in the early 1840s. Throughout that decade, and then in the 1850s, he was also a newspaper man and Texas politician, elected in 1860 to serve as a delegate to the Secession Convention. During the Civil War, he served under the McCulloch brothers (first under Ben, then Henry). Because of bad health, he returned to Austin in 1863. One year after writing this letter, he took command of the 3rd Frontier District until May 13, 1865, when, along with Rip Ford, he participated in the Battle of Palmito Ranch, the final battle of the war. This letter is written in bold ink (some bleedthrough). Smoothed folds.

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