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for the Missourians and some Arkansas troops his army was dis-
banded and the department open to occupation.27 General Shelby
and the remnants of his Missouri cavalry brigade started for
Mexico on June 1, 1865. Governor Pendleton Murrah joined
them at Austin. At San Antonio the force was joined by Reynolds
along with the governor of Louisiana, and many other prominent
persons. Thus with the flight of Thomas C. Reynolds from
Marshall, the rebel government of Missouri came to an end.
Reynolds stayed in Mexico until 1868. He was a friend and
sometime advisor of Maximilian, and for a while managed a
short-line Mexican railroad. On his return to Missouri, he re-
entered law practice, was elected to the state legislature, and
served on a United States trade commission to Latin America.
One day in the spring of 1887 his body was found at the foot
of an elevator shaft in the Federal Building in St. Louis. A short
time before, he had reported that he suffered from hallucina-
tions and had expressed a fear for his mind.
In modern Marshall there is no physical trace of this unusual
Confederate episode. In the old Marshall cemetery there is a
memorial to some unknown Confederate dead, held by local tra-
dition to be dedicated to a number of Missouri soldiers buried
there, but the rambling frame houses at the corner of Bolivar
and Crockett streets used by Reynolds are gone.28 They were de-
stroyed some dozen years ago; the governor's mansion early in
1950 and the capitol several months later. Prior to the destruc-
tion of these relics considerable publicity was given to them in
various Texas newspapers. On February 19, 1950, the Dallas News
carried a two column illustrated article by Robert M. Hayes,
"Missouri Will Lose Mansion In Texas," which said in part,
A famous East Texas Landmark, the Missouri Governor's mansion
of Civil War days is slated for destruction.
The picturesque two story frame structure, widely publicized in
newspapers and magazines, will be torn down within the next few
weeks to make room for a lumber yard. ...
Early last year when reports were first circulated that the old
mansion probably would be razed, Millard Cope, publisher of the
Marshall News Messenger, launched a campaign to preserve the
structure as a historic shrine.
27Smith to Sprague, May 30o, 1865, ibid., 193-194.
28Mrs. J. F. Lentz of Marshall furnished the information concerning this memorial.
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