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    Voluntary Enlistment of Kentuckian in the Army of the Texas Republic Signed "A. Neill captain/Commanding Station on Colorado" and "X" by Roland Richey, one page, 7.5" x 5.75". Colorado Station, December 25, 1836. Partly printed, completed in manuscript. [Columbia: Printed at the Telegraph Office, 1836.] In full, "Republic of Texas, Station on Colorado the Twenty fifth day of December 1836 I, Roland Richey born in Nicholas Co. in the state of Kentucky aged Twenty Six years, five feet nine inches high, of dark complexion, black eyes, black hair, and by profession a Farmer do hereby acknowledge to have this day 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, Roland Richey 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 Texas, and the orders of the officers appointed over me according to the rules and Articles of war."

    Colorado Station was also known as Station Colorado River and Post Colorado. Located on the lower Colorado River at Thomas Cayce's ferry near the site of present Bay City, Texas, in Matagorda County, the small army post was garrisoned from the latter part of November 1836 until June 1837 by a detachment of Permanent Volunteers, 30-40 men, under the command of Scottish-born Capt. Andrew Neill. Living in Mississippi, Neill moved to Texas in 1836 as captain of a company of volunteers under General Felix Huston, serving in the army until 1837. He practiced law for a brief time in Gonzales and then moved to Seguin, where he was an original shareholder in the town laid out in 1838. While trying a case in district court in San Antonio in the fall of 1842, he was captured by Adrián Woll and taken as a prisoner to Mexico. Neill managed to escape, traveled to Veracruz, sailed for New Orleans, and was back in Texas in January 1843. Uniformly toned. Fine condition. From the collection of Darrel Brown.


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