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    [Francis Lubbock, et al.]. Address of the Military Board to the People of Texas. Austin: Printed by John Marshall & Co., [n.d., 1862]. First edition. 8vo. Slim pamphlet. 8 pages. Original printed orange wrappers. Pages splitting along spine. Foxing throughout. Pamphlet has been folded in half vertically, with light crease running the length of the booklet. Generally very good. Scarce.

    An appeal to the citizens of Texas for aid in its defense during the Civil War from the state Military Board, comprised of Governor F. R. Lubbock, Comptroller Clem R. Johns, and Treasurer C. H. Randolph. "We feel confident that our appeal to you will not be in vain: we do not doubt that you will rally to the call of your State: we cannot believe that you will fail to afford the means to repel and chastise the insolent foe, should he attempt to desecrate the soil of Texas with his polluting tread.... Act that you may remain freemen." From the papers of B.A. Shepherd.

    Reference: Parrish & Willingham 4302. Winkler 500.


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    Benjamin Armistead Shepherd was born in Virginia on May 14, 1814. Due to the poor conditions of the land and a dwindling family fortune, he left Virginia in the 1830s and arrived in Galveston, Texas. He married Mary Dobson in 1841 and settled in the growing town of Houston. A personal friend of General Sam Houston (whom he had met at age 19), Shepherd established himself as a prominent landowner and one of the foremost citizens of Houston, involving himself in many entrepreneurial adventures before founding and serving as president of the First National Bank of Houston in 1866. In 1875, he arrived in the newly formed San Jacinto County where he organized the town of Shepherd along the proposed Houston, East, and West Texas Railway. He died in Houston in 1891.



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