SOLD! for $464.00.
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Land grant to Jacob B. Biffle, "late private in Captain Cooper's Company of Tennessee Cavalry Volunteers", 160 acres in "the district of land subject to sale at Green Bay, Wisconsin", with President Zachary Taylor signature (likely secretarial signed) and date of 12 May,1849. In this document, William Atwater is named as Biffle's assignee for the land. Biffle, a 21 year old Mexican War veteran at the time this land was granted to him, appears to have given it up to stay in his native Tennessee, where he went on to farm, raise a family and eventually fight for the Confederacy. At the outbreak of the Civil War, Biffle organized a company which became part of the 2nd Tennessee Cavalry Battalion. He was later colonel of the 9th Tennessee Cavalry Regiment and part of Nathan Bedford Forrest's brigade, and saw action at the Battles of Chickamauga, Gainesville, Thompson Station, and Brentwood. Biffle's men became notorious for their actions in Middle Tennessee in 1864 just prior to John B. Hood's invasion, including disrupting railroads and telegraph lines, confiscating supplies and harrassing Unionists. He survived the war but his actions during it made him unwelcome in his native Wayne County. He and his family moved to Texas, where he died in 1876. Partly printed on vellum, 9-3/4" x 15-1/2". Condition: Creases and toning, some fading to second Taylor signature and wear at lower right corner over the printed word preceding "Sec'y", some holes at creases at lower left.