Two Civil War documents connecting General Benjamin Butler and the Confederate State of Texas including Proclamation of Retaliation and Texas Secretary of State letter. Item 1: A period Texas Proclamation of Retaliation against General Benjamin Franklin Butler reading "Joint Resolution concerning Retaliation: Resolved by the Legislature of the State of Texas, that we heartily approve of the Proclamation of the President of the Confederate States to retaliate for the iniquities of General Butler, better known as Butler the Beast, in the State of Louisiana, as well as his retaliation proclamation against General McNeil, for the murder of Citizens in the State of Missouri, and we trust that retaliation will be strictly and rigidly practiced by our Government in all such cases of outrage, and we pledge the people of the State to sustain the President of the Confederate States in all his measure of Retaliation against those who outrage humanity by such an utter disregard of the rules of Civilized warfare. Resolved, that the Governor of the State transmit a copy of this resolution to our members in Congress, and that they lay it before the President. Approved March, 6th, 1863." Documentation of this period document appears on page 36, Chapter VI of the book "The Laws of Texas 1822-1897, Volume 5", created by Hans Peter Mareus Neilsen Gammel, published by Gammel Book Company, 1898, Austin Texas. Item 2: A July 24th, 1866 dated letter written by James H. Bell, Secretary of State of Texas, confirming that the "Joint Resolution concerning Retaliation adopted by the Legislature of the State of Texas, in extra session and approved on the 6th day of March, 1863 as the same appears on file in this Department". Letter contains the official green State Seal of Texas. Provenance: Descended through the family of Thomas E. Major. Colonel Major was the personal secretary to Benjamin F. Butler while he served as Governor of the State of Massachusetts. Condition: 1st item – Overall very good with some slight toning, foxing and spotting to perimeter and throughout. Document has been stored rolled with old tape fixed to back side where taped together. Slight losses upper right corner with some slight tears where taped. 2nd item – Stored rolled with the first item. Some slight spotting throughout. Losses to mid left margin.
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