The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 66, July 1962 - April, 1963

Southwestern Historical Quarterly

Smith and other dignitaries in the West.8 He was to have a long
circuitous journey with delays for public and private business at
Winnsborough and Columbia, South Carolina, Montgomery and
Mobile, Alabama, and Jackson, Mississippi. Before reaching Lit-
tle Rock, he was to travel by military ambulance and freight car
and even to be poled through the back bayous of Louisiana in a
skiff.9
On May 18 Reynolds wrote to General Price, explaining
that he had temporarily set up the state offices at Camden,
Arkansas, because he had found most of the state records there;
but it is clear that he did not intend to remain in Camden. He set
to work with considerable success and by June 27 had established
his headquarters at Little Rock.10 His letters show some concern
about the acceptance of his authority as governor of Missouri by
the generals and army, and he repeatedly urged General Price
to keep up a steady correspondence with him and to keep him
informed. He wrote to the secretary of war to inform him that,
"My position here is satisfactory," but it is obvious from the tone
of the letter that a short time previously he had felt less secure.1'
On July 4, 1863, Vicksburg fell and General E. Kirby Smith,
even more concerned with the future of the Trans-Mississippi De-
partment because it had been severed from the rest of the Confed-
eracy, invited the governors of the four states comprising his de-
partment to meet at Marshall, Texas, on August 15. All of the
governors or their representatives attended, and they announced
to their constituencies on August 18 that General Smith had been
clothed with extraordinary executive powers and that the mem-
bers of the conference had unofficially formed a Committee of
Public Safety under the chairmanship of Governor Reynolds.
They encouraged communities throughout the department to
form committees of their own to aid the war effort..2 After the
sJefferson Davis to Lieut. Gen. E. K. Smith, March 18, 1863, Oficial Records,
Series I, Vol. LIII, 852.
oReynolds to Cabell, May 5, 1863 (Ramsdell Microfilm Collection, Texas Collec-
tion, University of Texas Library).
1oArthur Roy Kirkpatrick, "Missouri's Secessionist Government, 1861-1865,"
Missouri Historical Review, XLV, 132.
11Thos. C. Reynolds to Hon. James A. Seddon, July 20o, 1863, Oficial Records,
Series I, Vol. XXII, Pt. 2, 935.
12To the People of Louisiana, Texas, Arkansas, and Missouri, and the Allied
Indian Nations, August 18, 1863, ibid., Series I, Vol. LIII, 892-894.

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