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

Colonel John Ireland

 
 
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By Brian Anderson, December 31, 2018
1. Colonel John Ireland Marker
Inscription.  
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


Reverse:
Governor
John Ireland
1827-1896

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. Judge state supreme
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By Brian Anderson, December 31, 2018
2. Colonel John Ireland Marker reverse
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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.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Government & PoliticsWar, US Civil.
 
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 walking distance of this marker. The Alfred H. Koebig Central Park Fountain (within shouting distance of this marker); Guadalupe County, C.S.A. (within shouting distance of this marker); Zuehl Family Fence (within shouting distance of this marker); "White Way" Lighting (about
Colonel John Ireland Marker Area image. Click for full size.
By Larry D. Moore, May 19, 2020
3. Colonel John Ireland Marker Area
300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Old Spanish Trail (about 300 feet away); Guadalupe County Veterans Memorial (about 400 feet away); Seguin (about 400 feet away); The Magnolia Hotel (about 400 feet 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.) 
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on May 20, 2020. It was originally submitted on January 2, 2019, by Brian Anderson of Kingwood, Texas. This page has been viewed 233 times since then and 26 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on January 4, 2019, by Brian Anderson of Kingwood, Texas.   3. submitted on May 20, 2020, by Larry D. Moore of Del Valle, Texas.

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