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    [Texas C.S.A.] Department of Texas General Order No. 37. One page, 5.25" x 7.5", on pale blue paper, "Headquarters, Dep't of Texas, Houston, May 6, 1862." Issued by Brigadier General Paul O. Hébert, this order prohibits the export of cotton. In part: "From and after this date, the exportation of Cotton by private parties, is prohibited, except upon such terms and conditions as may be imposed by the Military authorities of this Department." The fine for attempting to violate the order "will involve the confiscation of the vessel and cargo." Signed in print by Brigadier General P. O. Hébert. Just two weeks after this Order was issued, Brigadier General Hébert declared martial law throughout Texas in response to the first Confederate Conscription Act (March 1862), which encouraged men who refused to fight against the United States to leave Texas. Hébert convened a military court to try civilians suspected of disloyalty, which passed judgment on dozens of Texans until the Confederate government in Richmond closed it down in October of that year. Document is in very fine condition.

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