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    [Civil War] Isaac Fulkerson, Member of Terry's Texas Rangers Writes Home. Group of five letters totaling 15pp., both 4to and 8vo, multiple places and spanning all five years of the war, writing to relatives. His first letter is addressed to a "Sam", and responds to information received on the political climate in Virginia and sharing the political climate in Texas. In part: "Brenham Texas Jan. 7th 1861... [I] received the papers you sent, and was surprised that any one in Va. could occupy the position that the 'Virginian' does. Were he in Texas and write as he does in Va. he would have permission to leave on short notice or be 'apprehended to a black jack'. Virginia has certainly degenerated when he public journal 'debate' where she will go in event of a Northern & Southern confederacy. We have felt the panic here only in the scarcity of money... we have no banks and are therefore not subject to the additional pressure caused by their suspension... The panic has made cotton lower... Texas is more anxious to secede than any other state... yet she is behind most of the cotton states in action, because her Gov. Sam Houston is opposed to it, she has now however taken the reins out of his hands and by common consent will tomorrow 8th Jan. elect delegates to a convention to meet the 4th Monday of this month. I hear of no opposition candidates in any of the counties and all the candidates out are for secession immediately... Old Sam is now virtually deposed as Gov... The 'Texas almanac' I send you is violently opposed to Gov. Houston and is published by his most bitter enemies..." Great content regarding the procedure that will follow to enable Texas to secede, in near fine condition save one small square of soiling on fourth page.

    The remaining four letters are addressed to his sister and tell of his joining the Confederate army and ensuing experiences. In part: "[Brenham Aug. 28th 1861]... I have joined Capt John A. Whartons company from Brazoria county ... The company I have belonged to not receiving orders, most of the members became impatient and have gone to the 'wars' in various directions... Our company is Cavalry and one of Col. Terrys regiment, we go three hundred miles from here on horseback, send our horses back, take the R.R. go to E[ast] T[exas] of West Va. and get other horses... [Trenton, Geo, July 8th 1863]... We are again south of the Tennessee river and have given up all the fertile regions of Middle Tenn. We were picketing ten miles beyond Shellyville when Rosencrans commenced his advance and his main column advancing to the right of us. We were ordered to the right and fell back but what a change, all the busy thousands that were there the night before were gone... The Yankees came in about 12th and we followed on after our army checking the enemy at every available point... The army seems to take the retreat very well & I hear but little complaint against Gen. Bragg and the men seem in fine spirit... I really believe that Bragg has outgeneralded Rosy [Rosencranz] he has kept R in front of him with the expectation of an attack. Kept him from sending reinforcements Pennsylvania and at Vicksburg have terminated... [Case springs, Georgia, Feb. 3, 1864]... I am opposed to any leaving there homes but those who are compelled to on account of fear of arrest by the Yankees. By leaving their homes they not only sacrifice all they leave at home, but add to their own troubles and become a further burthen to the Confederate States... The refugees now in Geo. Consume nearly half as much as would support Bragg's Army, and they add nothing... It may be patriotic to fly from the Yankees but is not good policy... "

    Isaac survived the war, and the last letter in this group is written from his home town of Brenham, and is dated September 25, 1865. He relays his plans for the future and shares news of Yankee occupation: "... I never expected to have anything at the close of the war and my expectations have been more than realized... I have been thinking seriously of getting married if I can... I am inclined to think so from the fact that two of the Yankee soldiers have married since they came to our town but if I cannot do better that they have done I shall remain as I am or commit suicide. The soldiers stationed among us are doing as well as could be expected, they rob some, steal a hog now and then, and exercise a petty tyranny over the people but all are submitting as patiently as possible hoping thereby the sooner to get rid of the soldiers... Our governor Hamilton was a refugee during the war and come back an abolitionist, he gives no one office but Union men... wants none elected to the convention or congress but union men..."

    Overall condition of letters is good with defects as follows: letter dated July 8, 1863 is in pencil with soiling to center and a bit of paper loss at a single fold affecting a few words; letter dated Feb. 3rd, 1864 has top few lines of second sheet, with little loss to content and context.


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