Secretary of War Lamar forbids fraternization between his Texan troops and Mexican prisoners a month after the Battle of San JacintoMirabeau Lamar Autograph Letter Signed as Secretary of War One page, 8" x 9.25", "War Department", May 21, 1836, to Colonel Hall at Port Velasco. In full: "You are directed to cut off all communication between the officers & soldiers under your command and the Mexican prisoners in the custody of the Govt not permitting any of the former to visit of converse with the latter without your express orders". Houston's decisive victory over Santa Anna's forces in the Battle of San Jacinto on April 21 had gained Texan independence. Lamar's valor brought him a promotion to colonel just prior to the start of the battle, and his further heroism earned him the appointment of Secretary of War in President Burnet's cabinet ten days later. Although Texan independence was sealed with the signing of the treaty of Velasco on May 14th, Lamar is aware of the morale of his war-weary army. They were anxious to return home, and some were even deserting. Eight days prior to the date of this letter Lamar had written requesting provisions for these troops. And with this letter, Lamar takes the next step to prevent further demoralization of the Texan soldiers by prohibiting communication with the Mexican prisoners. Separations at the folds, and minor chipping at margins, however letter remains in near fine condition with bold ink. Autograph letters by Lamar are rare on the market, and his short term as Secretary of War makes this one highly desirable.
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