[TEXAS]. JONES, William E. "Grumble" (1824-1864). Manuscript muster roll signed ("W. E. Jones"), as Second Lieutenant, Fort Ewell, Texas, May 1853. A "Muster Roll of Non-Commissioned Officers and Privates, employed on Extra Duty, as mechanics and Laborers by Lieut. W. E. Jones, Rifles, Acting Assistant Quartermaster, at Fort Ewell, Texas, during the month of May 1853." 1 page, oblong folio (16 x 21½ in.), creases reinforced from verso.
A RARE CONFEDERATE AUTOGRAPH, "Grumble" Jones served on the Texas frontier for nine years following his graduation from West Point in 1848. He resigned in 1857 but enlisted with the Confederate Army in 1861, and fought at Cedar Mountain, Second Bull Run, Gettysburg, and the deadly Virginia theatre in spring 1864, when he was killed at Piedmont on 5 June. Here he attests to the muster roll for his command of 35 privates and corporals, engaged in duties such as "mail rider," "black smith," "herdsman," and "teamster." Also signed on verso by another future Confederate officer, George B. Cosby, who served as S. B. Buckner's chief of staff and delivered the famous "ungenerous and unchivalrous" letter to Grant during the surrender of Fort Donelson.