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    [Texas Cotton Office] and [W. J. Hutchins, Lt. Col., Chief Texas Cotton Office]. Houston, Texas, Nov. 20th, 1864. To the Senators and Representatives in Congress, from the State of Texas:... [Houston: "News" print, 1864]. 8vo. 19 pp. Sewn wrappers. Some light toning and occasional foxing. A few minor folds or loss at corners with minor tear at page edges. "B. A. Shepherd" written in pencil on front cover, with an correction in ink on p. 3 and handwritten notes at "Ordinance Stores" heading on p. 13, noting: "The quantities are omitted for obvious reasons[.] Enough has been procured for all purposes[.]" An account of the sale of Texas cotton that financed the Army of the Confederate States of America. From the papers of B.A. Shepherd.

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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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