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    [Circular] Ha Observado Este Gobierno Que, Bien Por El Considerable Numero De Desertores. Monterrey: July 16, 1836. With heading: Gobierno del Departamento de Nuevo Leon. Two pages with integral blank. Octavo. Dated and signed in print at end by Juan Nepomuceno De La Garza Y Evia and by Pedro del Valle (Secretary), each with his own holograph rubric. Additional holographic notations in unknown hands.

    Fought on April 21, 1836, the Battle of San Jacinto was the last military engagement of the Texas Revolution. In a fight reported to have lasted just 18 minutes, Sam Houston's Texas army engaged and soundly defeated General Santa Anna's Mexican forces. According to Houston's official report, 630 Mexicans were killed at San Jacinto and 730 were taken prisoner. Against this, nine of the 910 Texans were killed or mortally wounded and 30 suffered only minor wounds. One of those wounded was Sam Houston, whose ankle was shattered by a rifle ball.

    Following this resounding defeat, members of the Mexican Army were soon found to be deserting their posts, seeking refuge and anonymity at area ranches and farms nearby, activities the Mexican government was keen to squash. This interesting bulletin discusses the illegality of harboring deserters during the war with Texas, and warns specifically against employing them on ranches. Green half-calf case with brown cloth boards; gilt lettering at spine. In very fine condition. From the collection of Darrel Brown.

    Reference: Not in Streeter (see Streeter 899 for reference).


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