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Big Lake in Reagan County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)

John H. Reagan

John H. Reagan Marker image. Click for full size.
By Zacharias Beau T, January 4, 2012
1. John H. Reagan Marker
County Named for Texas Confederate
John H. Reagan
Delegate Texas Secession Convention. While member 1st Confederate Congress, made postmaster general C.S.A. 1861. Difficult job begun by raid on U.S. Postal Dept. for southern personnel asking them to get maps, forms. Despite seizure mail by enemy, army draft of clerks and carriers and split of South, department carried on. At war's end imprisoned Boston. Later U.S. Senator, first chairman Railroad Commission.

A Memorial to Texans who served the Confederacy. Erected by the State of Texas 1963.
Erected 1963 by State of Texas. (Marker Number 2786.)
Location. 31° 11.549′ N, 101° 27.641′ W. Marker is in Big Lake, Texas, in Reagan County. Marker is at the intersection of North Plaza Avenue and East 3rd Street on North Plaza Avenue. Click for map. Located on south lawn of Reagan County courthouse. Marker is at or near this postal address: 300 North Plaza Avenue, Big Lake TX 76932, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 1 other marker is within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Reagan County (approx. 2.1 miles away but has been reported missing).
Also see . . .
1. John H. Reagan. Entry in the Handbook of Texas Online. After the Civil War Reagan urged his fellow Texans to reconcile. In what became known as the "Fort Warren Letter," Reagan called for former Confederates to distance themselves from slavery and secession, recognize the authority of the United States, and to protect the voting rights of former slaves. (Submitted on May 1, 2012, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

2. Congressional Biography of John H. Reagan. Due to his stance in favor of reconciliation, Reagan fell into disfavor. After several years of civil unrest and violence, his stance was vindicated. He returned to public life in 1875, with broad support. He served in the US House of Representatives from 1875 to 1887, then in the US Senate from 1887 to 1891. (Submitted on May 1, 2012, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
Additional comments.
1. Postmaster General, Treasury Secretary Reagan
The true capitulation of the Confederacy happened when President Jefferson Davis was captured in Irwinville, Georgia, May 10, 1865. If escaped, the fugitive leader may have reestablished the dream in Texas, a state that had known only victory since the beginning of the war. Captured, it was the checkmate of a king. He was accompanied with First Lady, Varina H. Davis and the deeply loyal Texans Francis R. Lubbock and John H. Reagan. Lubbock was the anti-Houston governor turned aide-de-camp and was held at Fort Delaware for eight months. Of the seven original states represented in the Davis administration, Reagan was the Texan and one of only three in the Cabinet (among Judah Benjamin of Louisiana and Stephen Mallory, Florida) that were close to Davis, the Mississippian. While on escape the President put the Confederate Postal Department on back burner and Reagan became Treasury Secretary. The final act of the CS Government was losing that department into the saddlebags, haversacks, and wagons of the President's military escort and then disbanding them. Reagan was held at Fort Warren in Massachusetts until November and Davis at Fort Monroe until 1867. Like other leading ex-Confederates including Robert E. Lee, John B. Gordon, and James Longstreet, Reagan asked the South to accept peace as much as the war had been about the defense of the South.
(With special reference to Secession and the Civil War by John H. Reagan, Personal Memoirs of Grant, Rise and Fall of the Confederate Government, and Texas Almanac 2012) Note To Editor only visible by Contributor and editor    
    — Submitted April 3, 2013, by Zacharias Beau T of Alpine, Texas.

Categories. War, US Civil
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Zacharias Beau T of Alpine, Texas. This page has been viewed 341 times since then and 65 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on , by Zacharias Beau T of Alpine, Texas. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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