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    [Siege of Bexar] and [New Orleans Greys]. Edward S. Burleson, Sr. and William G. Cooke Signed Military Discharge Signed. One page with dockets on verso, 7.5" x 5.75", "City of Baxar [sic]," December 15, 1835. The document reads: "This is to certify that Mandred Wood left New Orleans on 22nd October and has faithfully discharged his duty as one of the Volunteer Grays, under command of Capt Cook[e], and is hearby [sic] Honourably discharged allowing him 20 days to return home. [signed] Wm G. Cooke Capt. N.O.V. Greys [and] Edward Burleson Comander [sic] in Chief of the Vollenteer [sic] Army." With dockets on the verso attesting that Wood received payment of $48.66 and 2/3 cents for his service.

    The New Orleans Greys were organized on October 13, 1835 and was made up of two companies of United States volunteers, under the command of Robert C. Morris and Thomas H. Breece. Cooke assumed command of Morris' company when Morris assumed command of a division made up of both companies. The Greys fought at the Siege of Bexar; and after the capture of Bexar, both companies underwent great changes. The Greys who remained in San Antonio went on to serve under William Blazeby, eventually all perishing at the Alamo. Other Greys went on to serve under James W. Fannin; including nineteen who had served under Cooke that would killed at the Goliad Massacre.

    Condition: Toning throughout, with showthrough from docket on the verso. Cooke's signature has faded, but remains visible. Bottom margin is uneven. Remaining ink is quite bold.

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    In the spring of 1835, Edward Burleson (1798-1851) served as a member of the committee of safety, but in October, he was elected lieutenant colonel in the infantry in Stephen Austin's army. One month later on November 24, he was assigned general of the volunteer army, commanding his men during the Siege of Bexar at the Grass Fight. Burleson was promoted commander-in-chief of the volunteer army on December 1, 1835, fourteen days before signing this discharge. Shortly after the success at the Grass Fight, the volunteer army disbanded.

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