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Texas and the Civil War State Military Board

 
 
Texas and the Civil War State Military Board Marker image. Click for full size.
By Keith Peterson, September 30, 2007
1. Texas and the Civil War State Military Board Marker
Inscription. The only new agency created by the legislature to deal with wartime emergencies. Original members were the Governor, Comptroller and Treasurer. The last two in 1864 were replaced by appointees of the Governor.

Purpose was to establish industry and purchase essential military and civilian supplies. Texas was largely dependent on imports for factory goods, so the board had to sustain foreign trade. Despite a Federal coastal blockade, this was done through neutral Mexico and by use of swift blockade runners.

The board sold and exchanged state bonds, U.S. indemnity bonds and cotton – which had a ready cash and exchange value abroad – for guns, powder, copper, lead, hats, boots, shoes, clothing, cloth, rope, blankets, cotton cards and machinery to start local industry. Agents of the board operated in Mexico and Europe.

A percussion cap factory and a state foundry for cannon were built, by contracts, land grants and cash. Private enterprise was aided and encouraged to manufacture rifles, pistols and gunpowder.

Lack of funds, poor transportation, competition for cotton and other wartime difficulties hampered effectiveness, but the board did much to make Texas “The storehouse of the Confederacy”.
 
Erected 1965 by the State Historical Survey Committee. (Marker Number 12696.)
 
Location. 30° 18.577′ N, 97° 45.634′ W. Marker is in Austin, Texas, in Travis County. Marker is on West 35th Street, on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2210 West 35th Street, Austin TX 78703, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Camp Mabry (here, next to this marker); Major John B. Jones (here, next to this marker); William Steele (here, next to this marker); Adjutants General (here, next to this marker); Texas in the Civil War (here, next to this marker); Lilia and Josephine Casis (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Radkey House (approx. 0.6 miles away); Taylor Lime Kiln No. 1 (approx. 0.7 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Austin.
 
Also see . . .  Military Board of Texas. Handbook of Texas Online (Submitted on January 17, 2010, by Keith Peterson of Cedar Park, Texas.) 
 
Categories. MilitaryWar, US Civil
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Keith Peterson of Cedar Park, Texas. This page has been viewed 652 times since then and 80 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on , by Keith Peterson of Cedar Park, Texas. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on October 6, 2016.
 
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