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Athens in Henderson County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)

Henderson County

Home Town of Texas Confederate

Henderson County/Home Town of Texas Confederate Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Charles Marc Robinson, February 2, 2012
1. Henderson County/Home Town of Texas Confederate Marker
Inscription. Front:
Henderson County C. S. A.
Voted 400 – 49 for secession. Sent about 1,000 into Confederate Army, with one detachment of 150 having only 13 live to return. Caldwell's farm, three miles northeast, and Fincastle, 19 miles southeast of Athens, had camps of instruction. Confederate supply depot, Fincastle, had store of grain, meat in charge of Capt. Thomas F. Murchison, who also was county enrolling officer. Wartime manufactures included earthenware jugs and dishes. Other products for C.S.A. were cotton, corn, beef, pork, timber. Cynthia Ann Parker, delivered from Indian captivity 1860 by Sul Ross ranger unit lived during war at Athens. Postmaster General of Confederacy was John H. Reagan, who had been surveyor and the first probate judge in Henderson County.

Home Town of Texas Confederate
Major William H. Martin
“Old Howdy”

1823 – 1898
Born in Alabama. Moved to Texas 1850
State Senator 1853 - 57 · Company he organized here for Confederacy entered 4th Texas Infantry, joined Gen. Lee in Virginia 1861 · Martin waved rather than snapped salute. Bellowed “Howdy” defying space, rank · To save Texas Brigade’s separate identity Howdy went to Jefferson Davis, Gen. Lee with plea of survivors of many such
Henderson County/Home Town of Texas Confederate Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Charles Marc Robinson, February 2, 2012
2. Henderson County/Home Town of Texas Confederate Marker
blood baths as Chickamauga. Lee endorsed the Texas Brigade, saying “I never asked that Brigade to hold a position that they did not hold it.” President Davis promised: “Maj. Martin, as long as there is a man to carry the battle flag, you shall remain the Texas Brigade.”
Erected 1964 by the State of Texas. (Marker Number 10362.)
Location. 32° 11.229′ N, 95° 51.081′ W. Marker is in Athens, Texas, in Henderson County. Marker is at the intersection of South Palestine Street (Texas Route 19) and Carey Circle, on the right when traveling south on South Palestine Street. Click for map. Located on west side of Palestine Street (Highway 19) about 200 feet south of intersection of Cayuga Drive (FM 59). Marker is in this post office area: Athens TX 75751, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. John Matthews McDonald (approx. 0.8 miles away); Athens Cemetery (approx. 0.9 miles away); Dulcinea Ann Holland Thompson Avriett (approx. 0.9 miles away); Stella E. Parsons La Rue (approx. 0.9 miles away); Joseph Thomas La Rue (approx. 0.9 miles away); The Athens Review (approx. 1.1 miles away); William Richardson (approx. 7.3 miles away); First United Methodist Church (approx. 9.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Athens.
Categories. War, US Civil
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Charles Marc Robinson of Palestine, Texas. This page has been viewed 913 times since then. Last updated on , by Charles Marc Robinson of Palestine, Texas. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Charles Marc Robinson of Palestine, Texas. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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