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Seguin in Guadalupe County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)

Colonel John Ireland

Colonel John Ireland Marker Front image. Click for full size.
By Brian Anderson, December 31, 2018
1. Colonel John Ireland Marker Front
Marker Front:
Home Town of Texas Confederate
Colonel John Ireland

Delegate to Secession Convention 1861. Joined army as private. Won laurels in that most brilliant wartime effort - the defense of the 800-mile Texas coast in September 1862, repulse of Federals at Corpus Christi. Ireland captured fleet Captain Kittredge, his flag and arms. Though Ireland was an infantry officer he once plunged waist-deep to capture a Federal vessel off Padre Island. At war's end he was in command of the 8th Texas Regiment defending Galveston.

A memorial to Texans who served the Confederacy.
Erected by the State of Texas 1964

Marker Rear:
John Ireland

Kentucky-born, came to Texas 1853. Mayor of Seguin 1858. Member Constitutional Conventions 1866, 1875. District judge 1866-67, removed by Reconstruction authorities. Legislator 1872-75. Called "Oxcart John" for opposing land grants subsidies to railroads. Supervised plans to oust Governor E. J. Davis in bloodless conflict marking political end of Texas reconstruction.
Colonel John Ireland Marker Rear image. Click for full size.
By Brian Anderson, December 31, 2018
2. Colonel John Ireland Marker Rear
Judge state supreme court 1875-76. Governor of Texas 1882-86. Fence-cutting wars brought on when certain landowners began fencing the open range prompted him to call special Legislature which made fence-cutting a felony. He ruled that state capitol be of Texas stone. Urged stricter enforcement of criminal laws, economy in government, reducing public land sales. Term was marked by opening of University of Texas and first labor disturbances Texas had known. Buried State Cemetery, Austin.
Erected 1964 by the State of Texas. (Marker Number 962.)
Location. 29° 34.072′ N, 97° 57.836′ W. Marker is in Seguin, Texas, in Guadalupe County. Marker is on South River Street south of East Donegan Street, on the right when traveling south. Marker is located in Seguin's Central Park, across the street from the courthouse. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Seguin TX 78155, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Guadalupe County, C.S.A. (within shouting distance of this marker); Juan Nepomuceno Seguin (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Texas Lutheran College (approx. 1 miles away); a different marker also named Guadalupe County (approx. 2.1 miles away); Tiemann School
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(approx. 3.1 miles away); Battleground Prairie (approx. 4.6 miles away); Jose Antonio Navarro Ranch (approx. 5 miles away); Site of Dietz Community (approx. 7.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Seguin.
Also see . . .  Ireland, John - The Handbook of Texas Online. Texas State Historical Association (TSHA) (Submitted on January 4, 2019, by Brian Anderson of Kingwood, Texas.) 
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Credits. This page was last revised on January 4, 2019. This page originally submitted on January 2, 2019, by Brian Anderson of Kingwood, Texas. This page has been viewed 62 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on January 4, 2019, by Brian Anderson of Kingwood, Texas.
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