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    William S. Fisher Signed Surgeon's Appointment. One page, 7 7/8" x 9.25", Columbia, Texas; February 20, 1837. A partially printed document, signed by Fisher, Secretary of War, appointing William G. Lewis "Surgeon of the Post of Liberty." The commission was by the order of President Sam Houston.

    William S. Fisher (?-1845), soldier and secretary of war of Texas, moved to Texas from Virginia in 1834 and settled in Gonzales. In March 1836 he joined the Texas army and on March 26 reinforced Sam Houston's army with Company I, First Regiment of Texas Volunteers, which he had raised, and participated in the famous Battle of San Jacinto. In December 1836 Fisher was appointed secretary of war of the Republic of Texas, serving in that post from December 1836 to November 1837. Since he was a recess appointment he was not confirmed when the Senate met because of the change to the Mirabeau B. Lamar administration. On January 23, 1837, Lamar appointed Fisher lieutenant colonel of a frontier cavalry regiment. In 1842, Fisher commanded the ill-fated Mier Expedition, which resulted in him being wounded and captured along with his men by the Mexican army of Pedro de Ampudia. Fisher was confined in Perote Prison and released in 1843 and returned to Texas, where he died at his home in Jackson County, Texas, in 1845.

    William G. Lewis may be the same William G. Lewis, who served as a captain in the ill-fated Santa Fe Expedition of 1841. Lewis was one of the advance party of Texans to reach the settlements of New Mexico and, when confronted with troops from the Mexican army, turned traitor and persuaded his comrades to lay down their arms on September 17, 1841. He was again used by the New Mexicans in securing the surrender of the main force under the command of Hugh McLeod on October 5, 1841. From the Robert E. Davis Collection.

    Condition: With flattened folds and light staining throughout.

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