Diamond's Account of the Great Hanging
signally failed to effect the general result. It will be remembered,
however, that in this portion of the state, which has been the
theatre of violence and general civil disturbances, the vote on
the ordinance of Secession was largely in favor of the Union.'
There were men at the head of this scheme, bold intelligent
and ambitious; but the adventure, like that of Aaron Burr, failing
in its incipiency, it will probably never be known who matured
the plan, nor what was the full scope and extent of the original
The operations of Burr on Blennerhassett Island, though insig-
nificant in themselves and carried forward by only a handful of
adventurers, were, however, the result of a magnificent plan, rec-
ognized by the Government in which he had held the highest
office but one as the stepping stone to Empire.
The evidence elicited on the trial of Burr in the U. S. Supreme
Court, for treason, discloses simply an intention on the part of
Burr to revolutionize the sentiment of the people of the West,
win them from their allegiance and establish and organize a
separate government of which he should be the acknowledged
head. Parties to a similar undertaking in Texas did not even
receive public denunciation, but were allowed to assert and pro-
mulgate their treasonable doctrines with the greatest impunity.
This bold dash in defiance of the Constitution and laws of the
state gave the enemies of peace and good government in this
section fresh courage, and with this moral weight in their favor,
their operations were pushed forward with renewed energies.
The prospects of the "Order" were evidently in the ascendent
until the final adoption of the Ordinance of Secession. This
seemed to strike a fatal blow at the very root of their enterprise.
The almost unparalleled unanimity of the people of the State
in favor of disunion, and the enthusiasm manifested throughout
the country in view of the establishment of a Southern Confed-
8The statewide vote, based on returns reported by 122 counties, was 46,129 for
secession; 14,697 against. Eighteen of these counties reported majority votes against
withdrawing from the Union, eight of which were in North Texas: Collin, 948
against, 405 for; Cooke, 221 against, 137 for; Fannin, 656 against, 471 for; Grayson,
901go against, 463 for; Jack, 76 against, 14 for; Lamar, 663 against, 553 for; Montague,
86 against, 50 for; Wise, 78 against, 76 for. Winkler, Journal of the Secession
Convention of Texas, z86i, p. 88.
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