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Pingenot Auction, Lot 38

38. [BORDERLANDS]. UNITED STATES. WAR DEPARTMENT. SECRETARY OF WAR (William W. Belknap). Claims of the State of Texas.... Washington: HRED277, 1872. 180 pp. 8vo, new brown cloth, dark brown gilt-lettered spine label. Chipping to blank margins of a few leaves and many lower blank corners (cheap government paper is culprit).
        First edition. Not in the standard bibliographies. Pingenot: Although issued seven years after the Civil War, this entire report deals with claims against the government arising from Indian depredations in Texas, from claims of Mexican citizens against the U.S. for depredations committed by invading Texans, and from claims resulting from excesses committed by volunteer Texas companies raised to protect the frontier. Virtually all of the correspondence, from General Persifer F. Smith, Captain Sidney Burbank, Jefferson Davis, Texas governors E. M. Pease and H. R. Runnels, Robt. S. Neighbours, J. R. Baylor, Sam Houston, etc., relates to the period 1852-1860. Many of the documents deal with the raid into Mexico in 1855 by J. H. Callahan. Pp. 147-80 contain all of the depositions by claimants arising from the burning of Piedras Negras by Callahan’s men. An important report with excellent content.