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Allen, Henry Watkins (1820-1866) to Texas Confederate Cotton Office re: trading 1000 bales for $70,000

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02407 Author/Creator: Allen, Henry Watkins (1820-1866) Place Written: Shreveport, Louisiana Type: Letter signed Date: 1864/09/02 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Signed as Governor of Lousiana. Colonel Hutchins was Chairman of the Texas (Confederate) Cotton Office. Mentions that the deal has been approved by Gen. Smith (E.K. Smith)

People: Allen, Henry Watkins, 1820-1866.

Historical Era: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877

Keywords/Subjects: Texas, Civil War, Military History, Confederate General or Leader, Confederate States of America, Cotton, American West, Finance, Merchants and Trade, Commerce, Government and Civics

Sub Era: The American Civil War