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    Voluntary Enlistment of an Irishman in the Army of the Texas Republic Signed "William P. Miller / Col. Com. 2nd Regt. R[epublic] [of] T[exas] I[nfantry]" and containing the mark of the enlistee, Isiah Gilliland. One partially-printed page, 7.5" x 6.25", Washington [Texas], December 15, 1836, recognizing that Gilliland, born in Ireland, had voluntarily "enlisted as a soldier in the army of the Republic of Texas, for the period of during the War unless sooner discharged by proper authority; do also agree to accept such bounty, pay, rations, and clothing, as is or may be established by law; and I, Isiah Gilliland do solemnly swear that I will bear true allegiance to the Republic of Texas and that I will serve her honestly and faithfully against all her enemies and opposers whomsoever, and that I will observe and obey the orders of the President of the Republic of Taxas[sic], and the orders of the officers appointed over me according to the rules and articles of War." Toned with some bleedthrough.

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    Irish-born William Parsons Miller (ca. 1802-1862) arrived in Texas at the start of the Revolution, bringing with him recommendations from the governor and other prominent citizens for an appointment in the Texas regular army. Miller returned to Tennessee to recruit volunteers for the Texas cause. He left Tennessee with seventy-five men and traveled to New Orleans, where they set sail for Copano, Texas (north of Corpus Christi). The battalion landed about March 20, and not knowing that the port had just recently fallen to General José de Urrea's Mexican force, they were captured. On March 23 Miller and his men were marched to Goliad and imprisoned with James W. Fannin, Jr.'s command, although kept apart from them. The batallion was spared from the Goliad Massacre because it had been taken without arms in hand. The men were taken to Matamoros as prisoners until freed by the terms of the Treaties of Velasco in May, 1836. Upon his return to Texas Miller was promoted to Colonel in Command of the Second Regular Regiment of Texas Infantry.

    References: Texas State Library and Archives, Austin, Texas; Klein Collection of the History of Vincennes
    , Indiana. Vincennes University; Handbook of Texas ; Jenkins, The Papers of the Texas Revolution, vol. 8 [4232].

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