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Stratford in Sherman County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Sidney Sherman

 
 
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By Allen Lowrey, June 7, 2020
1. Sidney Sherman Marker
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Born in Marlboro, Mass., to Micah and Susanna Dennison (Frost) Sherman, Sidney Sherman (1805-1873) lived in Boston, New York City, and Cincinnati before settling in Newport, Ky. There he married Catherine Isabel Cox (1815-1865) in 1835; the couple had eight children. After a Cincinnati meeting in Now. 1835 supporting the Texas Revolution, Sherman sold his business interests and recruited and equipped 52 men, known as the Kentucky Rifles (or Newport Rifles). They sailed on the steamship Augusta, carrying from Newport a flag depicting lady liberty with a sword and a ribbon reading "liberty or death." The troops joined the Texian Army at Gonzales on March 6, 1836, and fought in the battle of San Jacinto on April 21, Where Col. Sherman commanded the second regiment, leading the left wing and opening the attack which led to Victory over the Mexican Army. He was often credited with the rallying cry "remember the Alamo! Remember Goliad!"

Sherman returned to Kentucky to recruit more soldiers and to bring his family to Texas. They lived near San Jacinto Bay and later at Harrisburg, Richmond and Galveston. He was elected as Harris County's
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By Allen Lowrey, June 7, 2020
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representative to the seventh Congress of the Republic of Texas and served as the major general of the militia in the 1840's. He was also an entrepreneur, operating a sawmill and a hotel and organizing the Buffalo Bayou, Brazos and Colorado Railway Co., first railroad in the state, in the 1850's. Sherman died in Galveston and is buried in Lakeview Cemetery.

The Texas legislature designated the city of Sherman, seat of Grayson County (1846), and Sherman County in the Panhandle (1876) to be named for this prominent Texan. The state of Texas also erected a statue in Galveston for the 1936 Centennial. The "liberty or death" flag flown at San Jacinto is now in Austin, displayed at the capitol building of the state which Sherman helped to create a develop.
Marker is property of the State of Texas
 
Erected 2017 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 1828.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Settlements & SettlersWar, Texas Independence.
 
Location. 36° 20.277′ N, 102° 4.201′ W. Marker is in Stratford, Texas, in Sherman County. Marker is on North 3rd Street, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 701 North 3rd Street, Stratford TX 79084, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 4 other markers are within
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By Allen Lowrey, June 7, 2020
3. Sherman County Courthouse and other nearby markers
6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Sherman County Courthouse (a few steps from this marker); Removal of Archives From Coldwater to Stratford (a few steps from this marker); Early Settlers on Coldwater Creek (approx. 3.7 miles away); Sherman County (approx. 5.6 miles away).
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 8, 2020. It was originally submitted on June 8, 2020, by Allen Lowrey of Amarillo, Texas. This page has been viewed 94 times since then and 22 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on June 8, 2020, by Allen Lowrey of Amarillo, Texas. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.

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