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    [Broadside] A Card: Simeon Hart, of El Paso, Texas. El Paso: publisher unknown. April 28, 1862. One page, 8.5 x 12.74". In 1861, P.T. Herbert and Simeon Hart, both fiery secessionists, were elected delegates to the Secession Convention.
    That body subsequently appointed them as commissioners to encourage Arizona to join the Confederacy. At some point during this time, the two men developed a dislike for one another, and by April of that year, that dislike exploded into a public brawl.

    The Mesilla Times published a brief notice about the incident (in part): "The cause of the affair we believe grew out of personal animosity, and an intermeddling on Hart's part. The result was much to Hart's discomfiture, for he not only received a sound thrashing with the Col's. cowhide, but was severely drubbed about the head and shoulders with his own cudgel." Following the attack, Herbert had this broadside published, accusing Hart of conspiring with Union forces, explaining his reasons for attacking Hart and offering his decidedly colorful opinion of the man. In part: "It would be scarcely necessary in ordinary times for any decent man to notice the vile miscreant whose name heads this article; but a just appreciation of public opinion, and a sense of duty to myself, constrains me to denounce Simeon Hart... as a base and foul calumniator and an invidious and cowardly assassin of character, and an ignominious poltroon... This is the true position of matters between myself and Simeon Hart: a Jackal now feeding upon the vitals of the Southern Confederacy and the most miserable Coward!! filthy Slanderer!! and unscrupulous Swindler!!! that crawls upon earth."

    It is worth noting that Mr. Herbert's past was decidedly checkered. While attending the University of Alabama in 1844, Herbert stabbed a fellow student, and was indefinitely suspended from the university. On May 8, 1856, Herbert fatally shot an Irish waiter during a brawl at a Washington, D.C., hotel. He was acquitted of murder. According to the Mesilla Times, following the incident in El Paso, Herbert gave himself up instantly to the authorities, was tried and acquitted for lack of evidence.

    References: Parrish and Willingham 5492, locating one copy in a private collection (not in Texas); full page plate of this item at P-W, p. 479. See W-F 931 for a related Hart item.

    Condition: Light age toning; minor wear at folds. Fine.


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