Bastrop in Bastrop County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Home Town of Texas Confederate Major Joseph D. Sayers
1841 - 1929
Born Mississippi. Came to Texas 1851. Enlisted here as private 1861. Adjutant 5th Texas Cavalry in Arizona-New Mexico Campaign to make Confederacy an ocean to ocean nation. At age 20 made captain for gallantry in Battle of Valverde. Organized Valverde Battery from cannons captured there. Commanded battery in Red River Campaign 1863 to prevent capture of the Mississippi. Promoted to Major after Camp Brisland, La. battle in which wounded. Returned on crutches as chief-of-staff to General Tom Green, serving in 1864 Red River
Campaign to prevent invasion of Texas. Wounded Battle Mansfield, La. returning to service as soon as he could ride a horse. After Green's death, placed on staff of General Richard Taylor, participating in 1865 Alabama actions. This was the last command to surrender east of Mississippi. Reached Bastrop on crutches. State Senator 1873. Lieutenant Governor 1879-80. U.S. Congressman 1884-98. Helped to secure long-overdue pay for Texas Ranger services on the frontier. Texas Governor 1899-1903. He worked to expand agriculture, industry. Tenure marked by Spindletop
Erected by the State of Texas 1964
Erected 1964 by the State of Texas. (Marker Number 12388.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Government & Politics • War, US Civil.
Location. 30° 6.562′ N, 97° 19.058′ W. Marker is in Bastrop, Texas, in Bastrop County. Marker is at the intersection of Pecan Street and Pine Street, on the right when traveling south on Pecan Street. Marker is located on the courthouse grounds. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 803 Pine Street, Bastrop TX 78602, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Bastrop County Courthouse (within shouting distance of this marker); Captain James Burleson (within shouting distance of this marker); Baron de Bastrop Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); Bastrop County Jail (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Bastrop Advertiser (about 500 feet away); Thomas H. Mays (approx. 0.2 miles away); First National Bank of Bastrop (approx. 0.2 miles away); First Baptist Church of Bastrop (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bastrop.
Also see . . . Sayers, Joseph Draper - The Handbook of Texas Online. Texas State Historical Association (TSHA) (Submitted on November 26, 2018, by Brian Anderson of Kingwood, Texas.)
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