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    Just 10 months after the Alamo, a 24-year-old from Maryland enlists in the Texas Army to fight "during the War."

    William P. Miller Partly Printed Document Signed "William P. Miller/Col. Com. 2nd R R T.I.," one page, 7" x 6.25". Washington, January 2, 1837. In full "Know All Men by these presents that I, John H. Phillips born in the state of Maryland aged twenty four years, five feet seven inches high, of fair complexion, light eyes light 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 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, John H. Philips do solemnly swear that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the Republic of Texas, and that I will bear true faith and 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 Taxas [sic], and the orders of the officers appointed over me according to the rules and articles of War." Also signed "John H. Phillips." Ten months earlier, when Maj. William P. Miller and his Nashville Company of volunteers had anchored at the Texas port of Copano in late March 1836, they were captured by the Mexicans. Though also imprisoned at Goliad, Miller and his men were separated from Fannin's men and spared the massacre at Goliad. The men were taken to Matamoros as prisoners until freed by the terms of the Treaties of Velasco. A few months after his release, Col. Miller of the 2nd Regiment Texas Infantry has witnessed the enlistment of 24-year-old John H. Phillips of Maryland in the Texas Army to fight "during the War." Light soiling with show-through from docket on verso. Fine condition.

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