Washington, Ar. Aug. 15, 1862. Small broadside, approximately 11 x 8 inches. Previously folded. Two very short separation along old folds at right edge. Faint dampstaining in lower left corner, light tanning. Very good. Item #WRCAM52882
An extremely scarce Confederate broadside, calling for the mobilization of the First Texas Partisan Rangers and their assembly in East Texas near the Arkansas state line. The Partisan Rangers Act was passed in the spring of 1862 by the Confederate Congress to encourage the formation of irregular military units. Accordingly, Col. W.P. Lane raised the First Texas Partisan Rangers in June 1862. The regiment spent all of its service west of the Mississippi River, and participated in more than twenty engagements, including those at Bayou Boeuf, Kock's Plantation, Stirling's Plantation, and Bayou Bourbeau. This broadside indicates that the regiment will be bound for Ft. Gibson, in Indian Territory. The text of the broadside reads in full: "Attention, Partizan Rancers [sic]! All persons who have enlisted for, or squads or companies raised by the authority from Col. W.P. Lane, or the undersigned, will report at once to Major Burns or the Senior officer at camp, close to the Arkansas state line a short distance from Rondo. The regiment is under urgent marching orders for Ft. Gibson, en route to [...] Bring all the arms possible. We have special orders by which we are not to be dismounted! Lt. Col. A. Neill." A rare Confederate Texan survival, with only two other copies located, at Yale and Duke University. PARRISH & WILLINGHAM 4974.