Lot 204: 1860 land grant to Hispanic officer of Kit Carson's New Mexico Volunteers

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Lot 204: Author: N/A; Title: General Land Office document, a warrant of 160 acres of land given to Pedro Sanchez, "Private Captain", Pino's Company, New Mexico Volunteers for his service during "New Mexico Indian Disturbances"; Place Published: Washington, D.C.; Publisher: N/A; Date Published: Jan. 3, 1860. ; Description: Secretarial signature of President James Buchanan on printed and handwritten document. 1pg. 10 x 16". Washington DC, Jan. 3, 1860. Assigned on verso to James M. Love. Signed by Buchanan's Secretary, P.B.Leonard and M. Granger, Record of the General Land Office. Such official documents concerning Hispanic Army officers from New Mexico in the antebellum period are rare.Famed during the Civil War because it boasted more officers of Hispanic descent than any other regiment of the Union Army - and because one of its non-Hispanic officers was the legendary Colonel Christopher "Kit" Carson - the New Mexico Volunteers, as this document attests, predated that conflict, being active in suppression of "Indian disturbances" of the 1850s. Captain Sanchez was an officer of one of those early companies, remaining in service during the battle against the Confederates who invaded New Mexico in 1862, and probably in the campaigns against the Apache and Navajo that followed. His Second regiment was commanded by Major Manuel Pino, while the First was led by Carson himself. Complete description available. Please contact pba@pbagalleries.com for more information. Condition: Very good. PBA Galleries' Sale 578: Americana, Travel/Exploration, Cartography, African/Asian Americana and Directories Thursday, 28th January 2016 Estimate: $700-1000
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