DescriptionOriginal Subscription List for the Galveston Fusiliers, 1842. One page, two sided, 7.5" x 12.75", Galveston, n.d. . This exceptional document bears the signatures of many important Texas soldiers, revolutionaries, politicians, and businessmen, being a list of fifty-two men who signed up to "form ourselves into a volunteer Company for the protection of the City." This group would later be known as the Galveston Fusiliers, 2nd Battalion, 4th Regiment, of the Texas Militia.
Following the Texas Revolution, the new republic had a volatile relationship with Mexico, which never acknowledged an independent Texas. In 1842, Mexico invaded with a force of 1,400 men under General Rafael Vazquez. They crossed the Rio Grande on March 5 and easily took San Antonio. Two days later they marched back to Mexico with 100 prisoners. News of Vazquez's invasion worried the residents of Galveston. On March 14, after rumors of a coming Mexican invasion fleet, this group of Galveston Fusiliers boarded a coast guard steamer to search the coast for the fleet. The rumors, however, were unfounded; no Mexican invasion fleet had been sent.
Only a few of the signatures are in ink; most were written in pencil. Signatures have faded, but remain legible. One of the names that can be identified is Charles Grandison Bryant, who, after scouring the coast for the rumored invasion, returned to his practice of architecture, designing St. Mary's Cathedral in Galveston, and the Galveston County Prison and Court Room. By 1849, Bryant was a major in the Texas Rangers, but was killed in 1850 during a raid by Lipan Apaches. Other legible names include Oscar Farish, Jonas Butler (an original owner of tracts of land that would become Waco), Franklin H. Merriman (Texas congressman), Charles H. Lawrence, Thomas F. McKinney (senior partner in McKinney & Williams cotton company, which helped finance the Revolution), Thomas Parker, F. Brown, A. J. Cody (established the Galveston National Intelligencer newspaper), Richard A. Howard (Texas surveyor), W. R. Wilson, Robert Allison, C. Caplin, and James Shaw. Document is moderately age toned with occasional ink bleedthrough. Generally fine condition. An outstanding item for any collection, with many notable Texas names.
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