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1st item: Partially printed document appointing Richard Alexander quartermaster with rank and grade of first lieutenant in a regiment of Infantry of the Tennessee Volunteers, commanded by Colonel W. Hall. Dated Nov. 21, 1812, Nashville, and signed by Governor Willie Blount. 9-5/8" x 8". 2nd item: Transfer of land in Sumner County between William Lock Alexander and Richard Alexander, dated 1810 and signed by both parties, witnessed and signed by county clerk David Shelby. Land mentioned is believed to be the site of the Alexander home in Dixon Springs, Tennessee. 15" x 13". 3rd item: May, 1815 Tennessee land grant naming Richard Alexander assignee of land in Smith County earned by military service of Ezekiel Habbit, signed by Tennessee governor Joseph McMinn. 12-1/2" x 15". 4th through 7th items: War of 1812 receipts and supply requisitions, all related to Richard Alexander, quartermaster, 1st Brigade/Regt. Tennessee Volunteers. Includes a receipt dated Nov. 16, 1813 Camp Strother for cartridges, muskets, lead and powder signed L.D. Hayes; a receipt for "ten tents in lieu of ten other loaned to him Jan. 21 1813" signed D. L. Deaderick; a requisition for ammunition dated Oct. 14th 1813, Camp Coffee, listing muskets, rifles, flintz, cartridges, powder, and lead, with lower section reading "The Quartermaster General of the Army under the command of Major Genl. Andrew Jackson will furnish agreeable to the above return – W. Hall " (General William Hall); and a return and receipt for the 2nd regt. of Tenn. Volunteers dated Oct. 16th 1813, Coffees Bluff and Camp Coffee for tin kettles, tin pans, cartridges, powder, lead and flintz, signed by Major General William Martin and quartermaster George Wert. 8th item: War of 1812 document signed Andrew Jackson (but believed to be a period copy of a Jackson order, not his actual signature) Camp Jackson Headquarters (Natchez, MS area), March 24, 1813. Document refers to Jackson's efforts to retain tents for his men which had been ordered back by the Secretary of War John Armstrong, as part of Armstrong's Feb. 6 letter ordering the dismissal of the detachment under Jackson's command. Jackson prevailed on Mississippi governor David Holmes for help. While the upper left corner section of this letter has been lost, the document, headed "Gen. Orders" states "… to the genl. order of this morning the Genl. .. remark to the brave volunteers under his command… to the humanity and liberality of his Excellency the Governor… we are endebted for covering for our sick – he authorized the Genl to retain as many of the tents recd on his order from the __Qmaster of each regt reserve thirteen tents and of those recd on the order of Governor Homes and for the Genl and his guards there will be reserved two tents, the balance of tents in __ of my attachment are to be delivered up to the ___ Qmaster tomorrow morning together with all other public property in their hands that can be spared for their comfort on their return, retaining and __ as each company the Qmaster of each regt is hereby required to make out an invoice of the public property in dividing the tents after the above reservation and on delivery of the same to the Apt Dy Qmaster take his receipt at the bottom of the invoice. — Andrew Jackson Major General, Camp Jackson Headquarters March 24, 1813." Note: Jackson's toughness, both physically and in regards to his willingness to stand up for the aid and comfort of his troops during this part of the War of 1812, helped earn him the nickname "Old Hickory." 11-1/2" x 8". Provenance: Descended in the family of Richard Alexander, quartermaster 1st Regt. Tennessee Volunteers. Condition: 1st item: complete tears at all fold lines, discoloration from old tape at all horizontal fold lines, light discoloration, remnant of other page (blank) at left side. 2nd item: tears (some complete) and losses at all fold lines, 1 loss affecting Wm. Alexander's signature, light toning and foxing. 3rd item: complete tears at all fold lines, affecting McMinn's signature; discoloration from old tape, 1 inch area of loss in upper center. 4th through 7th items: all with some discoloration and scattered stains, Camp Strother document has old tape remnants, tent receipt signed Deaderick has full tear at fold line affecting Deaderick's signature. 8th item: Complete tears and discoloration from tape at all horizontal folds, overall toning and scattered spots of discoloration, upper corner of letter lost.