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(1806 - 1873) Confederate Governor of Alabama who ordered the seizure of Pensacola and organized state troops. Very rare D.S., 1p. sm. folio, Montgomery, Mar. 12, 1861, in part: "...Know ye that reposing special trust and confidence in the patriotism, valor, fidelity and abilities of Stephen T. Tucker, I do appoint him Major of Artillery in the service of the Independent State of Alabama, under and by authority of an ordinance of the Sovereign Convention of the People of Alabama, adopted January 19, 1861...". Tucker's 1st Alabama Artillery Battalion was mustered in at Ft. Morgan in Mobile Bay, in March 1861 was transferred into the Confederate Army as regulars. Stationed at Ft. Morgan throughout the war, the battalion was knocked out of commission in the August 1864 battle of Mobile Bay. During this fight 150 out of its 500 man complement were killed or wounded, and numerous survivors were captured and transferred to the Union prison in Elmira, New York, where fully one half died of smallpox. Major Tucker is recorded as having died in the service. It is presumed that he died of wounds either before or after capture, too late to receive his posthumous commission as brigadier general! This is the first such "Independent State of Alabama" commission we've seen.
Estimate $ 700-900

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