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    [Civil War]. Military Law of Texas, being an Act to perfect the organization of the State Troops and Place the Same on a War Footing Imprint. Austin: John Marshall & Co., [January 1,] 1862. 8vo, 14 pages. Paper wrappers. "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." Wrappers and pages are damaged at the upper edge, but not affecting the text. Areas of dark spotting on all pages.

    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.


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