The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 14, July 1910 - April, 1911

THE QUARTERLY
OF THE
TEXAS STATE HISTORICAL ASSOCIATION
VOL. XIV. OCTOBER, 1910. No. 2.
The publication committee and the editors disclaim responsibility for eiews
expressed by contributors to THE QUARTERLY.
THE STATE FINANCES OF TEXAS DURING THE
RECONSTRUCTION
E. T. 1fILLER
POLITICAL
Although General Lee surrendered early in April, 1865, the
break-up of the Confederacy did not occur in Texas until the end
of May. Disorganization of all authority followed, and in the
general confusion confederate and state property was appropriated
by disbanded soldiers and even the state treasury at Austin was
looted. The loss of property, however, was small and the disorder
little when viewed against the background of bitter disappointment
and uncertainty of the future which the people of the state felt
on account of the downfall of the Confederacy.
The arrival at Galveston on the nineteenth of June of General
Gordon Granger initiated the first provisional government-a
mongrel of civil and military rule, but predominantly military.
A. J. Hamilton, who had been appointed on June 17 provisional
governor of Texas by President Johnson arrived at Galveston on
July 21, and proceeded soon to Austin to take office. After some
delay a registration of those citizens of the state who would take
the oath of amnesty was made and an election of delegates to a
constitutional convention was ordered. The convention met in
Austin on February 7, 1866, and was in session eight weeks. In
the election that followed the conservative ticket, or that endorsing
President Johnson's policy for the restoration of the state govern-

Texas State Historical Association. The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 14, July 1910 - April, 1911. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101054/. Accessed August 29, 2014.