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    [Battle of San Jacinto]. Working Draft of Robert M. Coleman's Houston Displayed, or Who Won the Battle of San Jacinto in the Hand of Thomas D. Wooten, Chairman of the Board of Regents of the University of Texas, Circa 1885. In manuscript on forty-seven 8.5" x 11" pages, of which 5 are written on the verso of Wooten's personal University of Texas letterhead. With many editing marks throughout.

    Robert M. Coleman, Indian fighter, soldier at the battle of San Jacinto and signer of the Texas Declaration of Independence, was born in Kentucky about 1799. He moved to Texas in 1831 and settled in what is now Bastrop County. In the summer of 1835 he commanded one of four volunteer companies organized to attack the Tawakoni Indians at Tehuacana Spring in what is now Limestone County. From September 28 to December 16, 1835, he commanded the Mina (Bastrop) Volunteers. His company was stationed near San Antonio in the siege of Bexar from December 5 to 10, 1835, but did not enter the town...Coleman was one of the four representatives from Mina to the Convention of 1836 at Washington-on-the-Brazos, where he signed the Declaration of Independence. After the convention he joined the Texas army and was aide-de-camp to Gen. Sam Houston from April 1 to July 15, 1836, a period that included the battle of San Jacinto. After his discharge from the army, Coleman raised a regiment of rangers, of which he was colonel until at least November 30, 1836. For distributing a pamphlet in 1837 [comprising this present work] criticizing Houston's action at San Jacinto, Coleman was discharged from the army." In 1964 Coleman's book was reprinted in facsimile and limited to 500 copies. It is unknown, to this cataloger, if Wooten's edited version was ever published.

    Condition: Toning and some scattered foxing, mainly to the preliminary and terminal pages; some chipping to the page edges, else very good.

    References: Jenkins, Texas Basic Books, 31; Streeter, 190.


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