Sep 29, 2022 - Sale 2615

Sale 2615 - Lot 120

Price Realized: $ 1,625
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 600 - $ 900
(CIVIL WAR--TEXAS.) Contract for a Texas railroad to serve the Confederacy, signed by a general. Document Signed by Captain John C. Ransom for the Confederate Army and A. Sessums for the railroad, and additionally signed "approved by command of Maj. Gen'l Magruder" by Brigadier General James E. Slaughter. 2 pages, 17 x 10 3/4 inches, on one folding sheet, plus docketing on final page; folds, minimal wear. Houston, TX, 1 May 1864

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This contract arranged for regularly scheduled military service on the Houston Tap and Brazoria Railroad between Houston and the town of Columbia about 40 miles to the south, with three 12-car trains per week in each direction, with extra charges for night trains. The railroad was also permitted to carry passengers and freight on the line "when it does not conflict with gov't business."