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Brenham in Washington County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Washington County C. S. A.

 
 
Washington County C. S. A. Marker image. Click for full size.
By Gregory Walker, February 5, 2010
1. Washington County C. S. A. Marker
Inscription. Washington county was the most populous in the state during the Civil War. It served as a center for production, warehousing, transportation, communications, and had a large quartermaster depot. Local wartime factories made spinning jennies, lumber, pots, kettles, wagons, and army ambulances. Government cotton was held in Brenham, one of 4 state depots. From here, wagons and carts hauled it to Mexico to exchange for vital military and civilian supplies.

Brenham, terminus of rail connections to Houston, was alive with troops, stagecoaches, freighters. Here, the early morning train was met by a pony express operation that carried the Houston Telegraph to Austin so that town's Gazette might publish the latest war news in the State Capitol.

A Confederate paper shortage forced the Brenham Banner to suspend publication. In nearby Washington-on-the-Brazos, however, Eva Lancaster never missed an issue, printing The Texas Ranger while her husband and two sons spent four years fighting for the South.

Cavalry, infantry and artillery units from Washington County fought on all fronts during the war. Waul's Legion organized and trained in county, and Brenham served as the headquarters for the Reserve Corps of Texas. Additionally, Gen. Jerome Robertson of Independence led the celebrated Hood's Texas
Washington County courthouse and C. S. A. marker image. Click for full size.
By Gregory Walker, February 5, 2010
2. Washington County courthouse and C. S. A. marker
Brigade for seventeen months.
 
Erected 1965. (Marker Number 8400.)
 
Location. 30° 10.038′ N, 96° 23.865′ W. Marker is in Brenham, Texas, in Washington County. Marker is on Main Street (U.S. 290), on the left when traveling west. Click for map. On the north side of the county courthouse. Marker is in this post office area: Brenham TX 77833, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Brenham Maifest (within shouting distance of this marker); County Commissioners Court (within shouting distance of this marker); Bassett and Bassett Banking House (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Schmid Bros. Building (about 500 feet away); Blue Bell Creameries (approx. 1.2 miles away); Robert Starke Armistead (approx. 5.7 miles away); Thomas Affleck (approx. 7.4 miles away); Waul's Texas Legion Campsite (approx. 7.5 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Brenham.
 
Categories. GovernmentWar, US Civil
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Gregory Walker of La Grange, Texas. This page has been viewed 870 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Gregory Walker of La Grange, Texas. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on October 20, 2016.
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