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

Texas Confederate County Commissioners Court

 
 
Texas Confederate County Commissioners Court Marker image. Click for full size.
By Gregory Walker, February 5, 2010
1. Texas Confederate County Commissioners Court Marker
Inscription. Composed of a chief justice (now county judge) and four county commissioners, these elected governing boards directed vital Civil War programs. Provided arms, clothing, horses and saddles for troops from county. Gave aid to wartime factories. Obtained and distributed to soldier's families scarce medicine, food, cloth, salt and cotton and wool cards.

County patrols and home guards were set up in many counties and supplied lead, powder, gun caps to guard against the enemy, Indians and bandits.

Funds were raised by issuing bonds and scrip and assessing a special war tax on property. Tax credits were given to citizens for contributions to soldier's dependents. Unbranded cattle were gathered and sold to benefit orphans and widows.

Rich, heavily-populated Washington County through its court financed hospitals in Hempstead and Chappell Hill; contracted the making of army uniforms; bought kegs of powder and held gun inspections to maintain home defenses; printed county scrip in 50 (cents), $1, $2, $3 bills; established at Old Mt. Vernon a camp of insctruction and in Brenham a soldiers home.

Judges, commissioners and other dedicated public officials did much to strengthen Texas' war effort.
 
Erected 1965 by State Historical Survey Committee. (Marker Number 8327.)
Texas Confederate County Commissioners Court Marker image. Click for full size.
By Gregory Walker, February 5, 2010
2. Texas Confederate County Commissioners Court Marker

 
Location. 30° 10.016′ N, 96° 23.858′ W. Marker is in Brenham, Texas, in Washington County. Marker is at the intersection of East Alamo Street (Business U.S. 290) and South Baylor Street, on the left when traveling east on East Alamo Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 100 East Main Street, Brenham TX 77833, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within one mile of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Brenham Maifest (a few steps from this marker); Washington County Courthouse (within shouting distance of this marker); Washington County, C.S.A. (within shouting distance of this marker); Former Bank Building of Giddings & Giddings (within shouting distance of this marker); Schmid Bros. Building (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Bassett and Bassett Banking House (about 500 feet away); Prairie Lea Cemetery (approx. one mile away); George Washington Petty (approx. one mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Brenham.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on November 2, 2018. This page originally submitted on March 21, 2010, by Gregory Walker of La Grange, Texas. This page has been viewed 805 times since then and 28 times this year. Last updated on October 30, 2018, by Brian Anderson of Kingwood, Texas. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on March 21, 2010, by Gregory Walker of La Grange, Texas. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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