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    Republic of Texas: Regulator-Moderator War of 1844 Folk Art Cane. 35" twisted or coiled tree branch, resembling a diamond-back snake. His head appears near the top. The tail has hand-carved wording: "Texas and Louisiana 17 Jan 44 Sabine R." Age-crack in handle with alligatored, varnished surface. Excellent condition overall. Recently discovered at an estate sale in Oklahoma. We believe this piece of folk art was produced during the Regulator-Moderator War (a.k.a., Shelby County War) that raged in East Texas from 1839 to 1844. The Sabine Free State or the Neutral Ground, part of present day Louisiana, had not been included in any treaties negotiated between the U. S. and Spain. It devolved into a lawless no-man's land with violence extending into East Texas. Following the murder of Joseph Goodbread at Shelbyville in 1840, at the hands of Louisiana fugitive Charles W. Jackson, armed factions formed. Jackson headed the Regulators with a goal to prevent cattle rustling. Their counterpart, the Moderators, were led by Edward Merchant. General mayhem ensued. Finally, through the intervention of Republic of Texas President Sam Houston, a truce was signed at San Augustine on July 24, 1844.

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