A Hatchet Assault in Texas [Manuscript]. [Texas]. [Cotton, James, Defendant]. [Affidavit Concerning the Case of Texas v. James Cotton]. Harris County, TX, February 19, 1852. Single 12" X 7-1/2"sheet. Moderate toning, light soiling, rubbing with a few small chips and clean tears to edges. $450. * This document appears to be in the hand of William Ferguson [1805-1886], the Harris County justice of the peace. It states that a warrant was issued for James Cotton, who was accused of assaulting merchant Isaac Thayer with a hatchet. Based on the testimony of Thayer and witnesses G.W. Stuart, William B. Reeves and George Gnebb, the case was sent to the District Court of Harris County. A later notation in Ferguson's hand indicates that a transcript was sent to the district on May 13, 1852. This affidavit also lays out the terms and amount of Cotton's bond. The accused man is probably James E. Cotton [1822-1867], a veteran of the Mexican War who served with the First Texas Foot Rifleman. Later, he was among the Texas conscripts drafted into the Confederate Army. Cotton's life ended in violence; he was murdered during a fight with his brother, Thomas, in Grimes, Texas.
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