Lot 38: Partly-printed DS as president, one page, 14.75 x 17, April 30, 1847. President Polk promotes Allen Lowd to "the rank of Major by Brevet…For gallant conduct in the defense of Fort Brown." Signed at the conclusion by Polk, and countersigned by Secretary of War William Marcy. The embossed white paper seal affixed to upper right remains intact. Intersecting folds, a uniform shade of overall toning, and some light creasing and wrinkling, otherwise fine condition.
In early May of 1846, Captain Allen Lowd and his fearsome seventh infantry, armed with an artillery of 18-pounder long guns, defended and repelled a weeklong bombardment of Mexican forces at the Siege of Fort Texas. Despite the prolonged fighting, losses were sparse, with only four men killed in action. The combat at Fort Texas—later renamed to Fort Brown in honor of US casualty Major Jacob Brown—aggravated already tempestuous Mexican-American relations, turning the border dispute into a full-fledged war. An intriguing document relating to a battle that ignited America's pursuit for Mexican territory.
RR Auction's Fine Autographs And Artifacts Auction 471
Wednesday, 9th March 2016
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