The Seventh Star of the Confederacy: Texas during the Civil War (War and the Southwest)

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The Early Phase of the War

Soon the Texans found themselves engaged in a bloody and prolonged civil war against their northern brethren. During the curse of this war, the lives of thousands of Texans, both young and old, were changed forever. This new anthology, edited by Kenneth W.

Howell, incorporates the latest scholarly research on how Texans experienced the war. Finally, the social and cultural aspects of the war receive new analysis, including the experiences of women, African Americans, Union prisoners of war, and noncombatants.

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Related Products. Epperson and J. Throckmorton, embraced the cause of the Confederacy despite their misgivings.

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Throckmorton was the most outspoken Unionist at the Secession Convention, having opposed secession for two solid years, alongside Houston. He donned a gray uniform, however, and became a skilled soldier, organizing a man mounted rifle company, securing forts on the frontier and joining the Sixth Texas Cavalry.

He fought at the battles of Chustennallah and Elkhorn and rose to the rank of brigadier general.

In contrast, A. Hamilton would also become a brigadier general — but a Union one. When the war was finally over, he was made provisional governor of Texas. All together some 2, Texans would fight for the Union. A second Texas Union cavalry regiment was led by John L. Haynes, a former state legislator from Rio Grande City, composed primarily of Mexicans.

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Both units would fight later in the war in Louisiana. Texas historians believe that about one-third of Texans, actively or passively, supported the Union as war unfurled.

The common man, however, did not get a Union commission as general. Instead, he usually got a threat.

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The Seventh Star of the Confederacy

On May 25, , a self-appointed Committee of Safety left an otherwise anonymous letter for a Mr. The news spread like wildfire and ignited rumors of Unionists planning arson and murder.


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The population took matters into its own hands and hanged 25 Unionists without a trial. A little later a trial was held for others, where more than 40 were hanged. The essays are tied together smoothly with hardly any overlap Seventh Star of the Confederacy is an important collection for any historian of the Civil War period in Texas and would serve as an excellent book for undergraduates.

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Highly recommended. Howell The A. Pate, Jr.