Texas Ranger appointmentDavid G. Burnet and James Pinckney Henderson Military Appointment Signed as Texas Secretary of State and Governor of Texas respectively. One page, 16" x 14", Austin, February , 1847, appointing "C. C. Colley First Lieutenant of Rangers in the Company mustered into the Service of the United States on the 20th October 1846." Blind stamped Seal of the State of Texas at left. The document is nearly torn in two down the vertical fold crease and is detaching on all three horizontal folds; paper loss along the top edge with uneven toning and light foxing. The ink is heavily faded making parts illegible, but both signatures remain bold and bright.
During the Mexican War (1846-1848), the Texas Rangers were enlisted to assist the regular armed forces of the United States. Volunteer regiments were forming all over the state to aid the U. S. army leading to the formation of the Texas Volunteers. Wanting to serve his state in more than just a political role, Governor Henderson, himself a former brigadier general in the Texas Army, with special permission from the state legislature, was given a command over the Second Texas Regiment of Texas Volunteers. The Second Texas saw action at the Battle of Monterrey and Henderson was tasked with helping in the negotiations for surrender of the city. Toward the end of the war he was given a major general rank of Texas volunteers. After the war, he served out the remainder of his term as governor. David G. Burnet (1788-1870) served as the first (ad interim) President of the Republic of Texas from March through October of 1836, the second vice-president under Mirabeau B. Lamar, and first Secretary of State of Texas from 1846 through 1848.
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