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    The Mier Expedition second-in-command asks for more recruits following the Texas Revolution

    [Texas Republic] Thomas Jefferson Green Autograph Letter Signed "Thomas J. Green" as brigadier general of the Texas Army. Two and one-half pages, 8" x 9.75", September 13, 1836, Headquarters Texas Army, "Dimmitts Lavaca". This letter, written to Texas Army Lieutenant Colonel Thomas W. Ward in bold black ink, demonstrates the uneasy peace that followed the hard-fought independence of Texas from Mexico. Here, Brigadier General Green speculates on the movements and motives of the Mexican army, conjecturing that the Mexicans were "assembling a Strong Army upon the line of the Rio Grande, and are doubtless waiting for the rainy Season to march against us; or, are waiting for the dissolution of our army to catch the country off of her guard." Following the success at San Jacinto and the subsequent independence, the Texas Republic feared a new invasion by Mexico. Green, uncertain about Mexican troop movement, ends his letter begging Ward for more news ("You know how anxious we are to get a little news in camp") and beseeching him for more troops who could serve longer stints ("I hope you will not permit any to be sent out to me for less than twelve months.")

    Thomas Jefferson Green (1802-1863), who had attended West Point, moved to Texas in early 1836. After joining the Texas cause, he was commissioned a brigadier general and raised volunteers in the U.S. Following the successful Texas revolution, he participated in the Somervell Expedition in 1842 and was second-in-command on the Mier Expedition. He surrendered to General Ampudia and was imprisoned at Perote Prison, from which he escaped and returned to Texas. He later relocated to California as a 49er. Thomas W. "Peg Leg" Ward (1807-1872) of New Orleans volunteered in the Texas cause in 1835 and was an organizer of the New Orleans Greys. He lost his leg in a battle in December 1835. At the time of this letter, Ward was a Texas Army recruiting officer in New Orleans. Named for Philip Dimmitt, Dimmitt's Landing on Lavaca Bay, Colonel Green's location, was one of the primary sites for receiving and storing military supplies for the Texas Army. This letter, age-toned with some separation at folds, contains remains of the original red sealing wax. Near fine.


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