“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Austin in Travis County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)

Confederate Texas Legislatures

Confederate Texas Legislatures Marker image. Click for full size.
By Keith Peterson, September 3, 2007
1. Confederate Texas Legislatures Marker
Inscription. When Texas seceded, Feb. 1, 1861, the 8th Legislature was in Austin in a called session, adjourned Feb. 9.

On March 18, the 8th came back for a second called session; the 9th and 10th Legislatures in turn were harassed with problems of the Civil War. They found it necessary to raise, equip and supply 90,000 Texas soldiers, who fought on all fronts, and to provide for defense against Indians, enemy troops and ships on 2000 miles of state coastline and frontiers.

As naval blockade reduced imports, the legislature established plants to make guns, powder, cloth, salt. Contracts subsidies and land grants were provided to encourage private industry to help meet heavy wartime demands for arms, supplies, clothing, food.

The lawmakers taxed property and business and made farmers turn in tithes of produce to feed citizen and soldier. Funds were voted to finance state barter in Mexico of cotton for factory goods; to aid soldiers’ dependents; and to provide medical care and hospitals for Texas troops, in and out of state.

Legislatures were in almost continuous sessions. Poor pay and inflated Confederate money caused many members to live in tents and covered wagons on the capitol grounds and cook over campfires.
Erected 1965 by the State Historical Survey Committee. (Marker Number 12685.)
Location. 30° 16.362′ N, 97° 44.46′ W. Marker is in Austin, Texas, in Travis County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Congress Avenue and E 11th Street. Click for map. Located on the state capitol grounds. Marker is in this post office area: Austin TX 78701, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Texas Capitol (here, next to this marker); Tyler Rose (here, next to this marker); The Woman Suffrage Movement in Texas (here, next to this marker); African Americans in the Texas Revolution (here, next to this marker); Governor Edmund Jackson Davis (here, next to this marker); Governor James Edward Ferguson August 31, 1871 -September 21, 1944 (here, next to this marker); Governor Andrew Jackson Hamilton (here, next to this marker); Governor Elisha Marshall Pease (here, next to this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Austin.
Categories. War, US Civil
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Keith Peterson of Cedar Park, Texas. This page has been viewed 707 times since then and 68 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 5, 2016.
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