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Pingenot Auction, Lot 112

112. [FORT MERRILL]. McRAE, Alexander. Autograph letter, signed, dated at Fort Merrill, Texas, July 12, 1853, to Brevet Major J. S. Simonson, Mounted Rifles, commanding Fort Ewell, Texas. 1 p. [on 4 pp. folder], original ink notes regarding receipt and content on p. [4], 4to, written in ink on blue-lined paper. Very fine.
        McRae write from Fort Merrill on the Nueces River in present Live Oak County, to Simonson, commanding Fort Ewell on the Nueces in southern LaSalle County. McRae states that he is taking "advantage of the return of the wagons to Fort Ewell to send the following men of the Detachment of Company "E" now at this Post, viz.: Sergeant Lawler and Privates Carter, Fry, Johnson, Stanley, Weaver. McRae graduated from West Point in 1847 and was commissioned Brevet 2nd Lieut. in the Mounted Rifles. Companies I and E of the Rifle Regiment were posted at Fort Merrill until April 26, 1853, when they were transferred to Fort Ewell, leaving only two non-commissioned officers and thirteen men, a force only large enough for night sentinel duty. These six men of E Company, having accompanied supply wagons from Fort Ewell, were being returned with McRae’s authorization letter. McRae was promoted to captain in 1861 with the 3rd Cavalry. He was killed February 21, 1862, at the Battle of Valverde, New Mexico.