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    Military Law of Texas, being an Act to perfect the organization of the State Troops and Place the Same on a War Footing. Austin: John Marshall & Co. [January 1,]1862. Paper wrappers; disbound. 14pp. 8vo.

    "SECTION 1. Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Texas, That every able bodied free white male inhabitant of the Sate, between the ages of eighteen and fifty years, shall be liable to perform military duty under this act..."

    The firing on Fort Sumter in April 1861 and the subsequent call for volunteers by Confederate president Jefferson Davis stimulated efforts by Texas authorities to raise additional troops and ultimately led to the document offered here. Governor Clark divided the state first into six and later into eleven military districts for recruiting and organizing the troops requested by Confederate authorities, although recruitment became more difficult as early enthusiasm waned. By the end of 1861, 25,000 Texans were in the Confederate army. Two-thirds of these were in the cavalry, the branch of service preferred by Texans. Very good. Heavy folds. Small chips and tears to first and last pages. Light overall age toning; occasional foxing.

    Reference:
    W-F 498 (TxU). Parrish and Willingham 4193 (three copies; only one in Texas).


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