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    [John S. "RIP" Ford]. Manuscript Orders Appointing Ford as Commander of Brownsville. One page, 7.75" x 9.75", on lined paper, Brownsville, May 26, 1863. The special orders read in full: "In addition to the Command of the southern Division of this sub. Dist. Col. John S. Ford will assume command of the troops at the Post of Brownsville." Former Texas Senator John Salmon "RIP" Ford, a veteran of the Texas army, Texas Rangers, and the Mexican War, was elected colonel of the Second Texas Cavalry and given a command along the Mexican border, including the town of Brownsville. While near the border he oversaw trade between Mexico and the Confederacy. He is most noted as the commander of Confederate forces during the Battle of Palmito Ranch in May of 1865, the last land engagement of the Civil War, fought one month after the surrender of Lee at Appomattox Courthouse. In 1874, he was elected mayor of Brownsville. Despite light toning around the edges, the document is in fine condition.

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