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    Two Documents Dated from the Last Days of the War. The first, a one page circular letter, 8" x 10", "Hd. Qrs. 2nd Brigade. 1st Div. 6" Corps," April 14, 1865, was issued the day of Lincoln's assassination with orders regarding the handling of captured flags, just five days after Lee's surrender at Appomattox Court House, in part: "All captured flags [are] to be forwarded in order that a correct report may be made to Army Headquarters. In instances where it is known that parties have flags, and are unwilling to give them up, special application will be made requesting their return to the captain in place of medals." Docketed on the verso. Near fine.

    The second document is a receipt for forty-five bales of cotton weighing approximately 24,173 pounds delivered to Crockett, Texas, from San Antonio, a distance of some 308 miles. One partially-printed page, 8.25" x 11.5", Crockett, May 9, 1865. The cotton was delivered by W.E. Haden to A.M. Alexander, an agent for the State of Texas. On February 10, 1865, Alexander, likely Colonel Almerine M. Alexander of the 34th Texas Cavalry, was appointed by Texas Governor Pendleton Murrah to "purchase Cotton and export the same to Mexico, for and on account of the State, (and to sell or exchange the same and procure with the proceeds and import supplies, necessary for the use of the people of said State.)" Minor toning; separation of the folds has been archivally repaired on the verso.

    Despite the surrender of both Gen. Robert E. Lee and Gen. Joseph E. Johnston (which effectively ended the war), the final land engagement of the war was yet to come. Just three days after receiving the cotton in the above receipt, Confederate and Union troops met on the battlefield one last time in the only land battle fought in the state of Texas - the Battle of Palmito Ranch. Ironically, it was a Confederate victory.


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