San Jacinto Vet Robert Hancock Hunter’s Veteran’s certificate
Signed by Renowned Texas Ranger & Soldier Walter P. Lane
237. [HUNTER, ROBERT HANCOCK]. TEXAS VETERANS ASSOCIATION. Printed form accomplished in manuscript appointing R.H. Hunter a member and signed by Walter P. Lane, Stephen H. Darden, and A. Deffenbaugh. Austin, January, 1890. Oblong 8vo (14 x 21.5 cm). With printed seal at lower left. Lightly creased where formerly folded, three small staple holes in left blank margin, otherwise fine.
This document captures in one place the signatures of several prominent Texas soldiers and veterans. Association President Walter Paye Lane (1817-1892) was a veteran of San Jacinto, the Mexican-American War, and the Civil War. A Texas Ranger of legendary status, Lane expanded his field of action to join the California Gold Rush in 1849, and prospected in southern Arizona after the Gadsden Purchase (Handbook of Texas Online). The appointee, Robert Hancock Hunter (1813-1902), served in the Texas Revolution and was one of Santa-Anna’s guards (Handbook of Texas Online). Hunter left behind an important memoir which, after publication in 1936, was deemed by Jenkins to be a Basic Texas Book (100). Carlos Castañeda referred to Hunter’s memoir as “the best account of the San Jacinto campaign left by a veteran.” (See Items 235 & 236.) Secretary Stephen Heard Darden (1816-1902) served in the Texas Revolution and the Civil War (Hood’s Brigade), and had been the Association’s secretary since 1886 (Handbook of Texas Online). Treasurer Anthony Deffenbaugh fought in the Texas Revolution.
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