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    [Civil War]. Pendleton Murrah Printed Broadside: "To The People of Texas!" One page, 8.75" x 12.5", Austin, April 27, 1865. Printed in two columns and issued during the last weeks of the Civil War, Texas Governor Pendleton Murrah laments the defeat of the Army of Northern Virginia: "Disaster has befallen our arms in Virginia! Our chosen Chieftain, Robert E. Lee, victorious on so many glorious fields, is a prisoner of war, and a portion of his army has surrendered!..Your faith, your honor, and your manhood, are pledged to your brethren east of the Mississippi; for four years they have fought your battles, and stood a wall of fire, between you and the invader...They look now with eager eyes and anxious hearts, to the people and the armies of this Department, for rescue and deliverance."

    He vows that Texas will continue the fight: "With God's blessing, it may yet be the proud privilege of Texas...to redeem the cause of the Confederacy from its present perils. In extent and resources, Texas constitutes an Empire in herself. Favored of Nature, she is inaccessible to her enemies; her soil is unsullied by the tread of an invading army...Texas, so far as depends upon me, shall play a glorious part in this memorable struggle." Conjuring images of glory from Texas' not so distant past, "...the unforgotten glories of San Jacinto and the Alamo...," Murrah evokes a sense of duty among Texans so they may "...render glorious service to the Confederacy - such service as history will gladly record for the encouragement of the friends of freedom and humanity, in all time to come."

    Less than three weeks later, the last battle of the war, the Battle of Palmito Ranch, would take place on the "unsullied" soil of Texas. Ironically, it was a Confederate victory. Several horizontal folds are weak with separation at the edges; the lowest fold is detached with adhesive ghosting from a former repair. Edges are chipped and toned.

    Reference: Parrish and Willingham 4264.


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