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    Civil War Papers of Texas Legislator Thomas C. Neel of Ellis County. Ten letters total, all war dated, including four letters from Neel to his wife and daughter; five letters to Neel; and a letter of condolence to Neel's widow. Neel was a signer of the Texas Articles of Secession, and the three letters to his wife all have good content regarding his work in state government in support of the war: "Austin 11th Dec 1861... We are discussing a Militia law. It will be very stringent & will make every man between 18 & 50 yrs of age subject to duty. We have something over 7000 men in reach of Galveston. Everything has been moved out of the city & strong fortifications are being erected at each end of the R Road bridge = Some of the citizens are determined to burn the town before [they] leave it... [January 6, 1863]... We are making percussion caps cannon & c & c and if the war lasts a little longer we will be well prepared. The Governor has, I understand, ordered a large lot of cotton cords through Mexico... [February 20, 1863]... The southern & western portion of the state don't stand up to the interest of the country as they ought... Avarice & speculation have taken possession of them."

    The letters to Neel all have content regarding the Confederate efforts in the war, both on and off the battlefield. A two page letter from Richard B. Hubbard dated January 14, 1862 asks Neel for his support in raising a company. Hubbard had received identical orders to O.M. Roberts to raise a company, and Hubbard's letter states that their efforts must be in harmony: "Sooner or later the great body of our people must go to the conflict & the sooner the better. Infantry is the arm of service desired by our Government..." Hubbard was commissioned on February 1, 1862 as a colonel in the Texas 22nd Infantry.

    A great content 4 page letter from W. H. Getzendaner of the Texas 12th Cavalry sends news from the battlefield as well as relays the high regard Neel is held in because of his work in support of the soldiers and their families: "Camp at Fletcher's Place, Arks. Post. May 25th 1863... Canonading has been heard for three or four days now. Supposed to be at Vicksburg. We heard that they were fighting there... the northern barbarians are making a desperate attempt to take it... Pickett's had a small skirmish on the Miss[issippi] R[iver] a few days ago. Garwin of Capt. Neal's Co. was wounded in the calf of the leg. Nobody else hurt. Burford's & Carter's Regt. when last heard from were on Broly Ridge. They had a hard time on their trip to Missouri... By your actions in the House of Rep. and the kindness you have shown the families of soldiers, you have won the affections of all the soldiers of Ellis."

    Two additional letters from W.G. Vardell, from the 12th Texas Dragoons written in April and August 1863 rounds out the group. In a letter dated August 1863, Vardell writes that he has heard from a reliable source that Ambassadors from England, France and Spain had arrived in Richmond "with papers in hand to effect 'that above powers have recognized us' as an 'Independent Republic'..." and other rumors of armistice.

    Condition: Condition varies. Vardell's letters have heavy wear, and the April letter has long separations and paper loss. The rest are in very good to near fine condition with flattened folds, and minor separations occurring at a few margins.

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