Friday, February 11, 2011

Lee Has Hard Time Getting Out of Texas

From the Feb. 1, 2011, Texas Tribune.

At the time of Texas's secession, February 1, 1861, US Army Colonel Robert E. Lee was stationed at Fort Mason (in Mason County) as commander of the US Second Cavalry.

With war approaching, he was ordered back to Washington, DC, and departed the fort on Feb. 13th only to be waylaid in nearby San Antonio and practically held a prisoner.

He donned civilian attire and had to continually remind the Texans that he was also a Virginian. He eventually was allowed to continue his journey, despite being provoked by Texans trying to get him to take an oath of allegiance to the South.

War Fever, Indeed. --Old B-Runner

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