Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Texas Secedes 150 years Ago

From the Feb. 1st Texas Tribune.

Delegates to the convention in San Antonio signed the paper, but it did not become official until the people of Texas ratified it, thanks to the efforts of Governor Sam Houston, who deeply opposed the move and did everything in his power to derail it.

Sam Houston was not only the governor of the state, but also had been the former president of the Republic of Texas when it stood as its own nation. He had fought for years to blunt the secession movement. Even after the delegate vote, Texas did not officially secede until Feb 23rd when about two-thirds of Texas voters ratified it.

Ever obstinate, Houston refused to sign his oath to the Confederacy and lost his governorship.

Houston died in 1863, one year after his son, Sam, Jr. was wounded and captured at the Battle of Shiloh.

The Confederacy Grows. --Old B-Runner

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