Texana Signature Auction to be held March 15 in Dallas

This looks like another fabulous auction from Heritage Auctions.
On of my favorite lots is the Archive of Letters of a Texas Confederate Cavalryman, all dated between January 15, 1858, and August 30, 1866. Most of the letters are between Confederate cavalryman William S. Chapman of the 1st Texas Partisan Rangers (30th Texas Cavalry Regiment), Co. “F”, and his wife, Elizabeth, who remained at their home in Belton, Texas, during the Civil War with their three young children. Nearly fifty-five letters between the young couple are included-thirty-five are written by Elizabeth and the remaining by William. The young Civil War soldier wrote mostly of his service in Indian Territory, where he served a time under Colonel Douglas Cooper, commander of the 1st Choctaw and Chickasaw Mounted Confederate Rifles. Also included in this archive are over fifteen letters-most war-dated-between Chapman family members, some with envelopes. In all, this frank and revealing archive contains near seventy letters.

David Boozer provides a nice synopsis of the other highlighted offerings for Heritage Auctions

Heritage Auctions’ Texana Signature Auction #6109 is only days away. Already, several lots have received an abundance of attention, such as the Jacob de Cordova 1849 Map of Texas.

A First Edition, Unrestored Copy of Jacob De Cordova's 1849 Map of Texas in Original Condition
A First Edition, Unrestored Copy of Jacob De Cordova’s 1849 Map of Texas in Original Condition

It’s beautiful, rare, and important — “the most correct and authentic map of Texas ever compiled,” Sam Houston once told the U.S. Senate. Another lot, this 1892 Texas Volunteer Guard medal, is one of the most viewed webpages from this auction. Produced from 10k and 14k pink and yellow gold weighing 41.9 grams, it’s no wonder.

Other lots in this auction tell great stories, either visually or through text. For example, behind this photograph of the 1913 Terry’s Texas Rangers reunion is likely an interesting tale about Confederate veterans because right in the middle of this group of gray-bearded Confederate vets is a black member.

1913 Terry's Texas Ranger reunion
1913 Terry’s Texas Ranger reunion

Our research didn’t turn up his identity, but maybe your own research can. Another example is the Mexican War diary of Sgt. George Myers, who served in Samuel Walker’s U.S. Mounted Rifles. Myers began his 179-page odyssey when he enlisted in February 1847, and ended when he arrived back on U.S. soil after a year fighting in Mexico. Along the way he witnessed the death of Captain Walker, including his account of the death of his beloved commander in this diary. This is truly riveting historical reading.

Still other lots make up the marrow—the nitty-gritty—of this auction. These are the kinds of lots we so often expect to find, like the 1836 Texian loan certificate signed by Stephen F. Austin. These loans were issued by the provisional government of Texas during the Texas Revolution to raise much-needed money for the cause. Another example is the 1838 Republic of Texas oath of allegiance declaring that Thomas Wilkins “did not aid or assist the enemy.” Lots like these aren’t mundane by any standard, but they are representative of documents that kept Texas functioning as a republic and then a state.

Of course there is much more. You can preview all lots on March 13-14 between 9:00 AM and 5:00 PM at 3500 Maple Avenue in Dallas. But if you’re impatient and can’t wait, preview right from our website, 24 hours a day, where you can explore images, read descriptions, and place bids. The auction will be held in Dallas on the first floor of 3500 Maple Avenue. The Signature Floor Session 1 will take begin at 11:00 AM CT, and the Signature Internet Session 2 (HERITAGE Live!, Internet, fax, and Mail only) will begin at 2:00 PM CT. Happy bidding!

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