The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 38, July 1934 - April, 1935

Southwestern Historical Quarterly

DIARY OF A CONFEDERATE CONGRESSMAN, 1862-1863
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EDITED BY MVARY S. ESTILL
F. B. SEXTON
In 1932, among many of his letters and business records, a
diary of Franklin Barlow Sexton was found. Because it throws
light on Confederate congressional sessions, some of which were
secret, and because it reflects the character of one of the men
in the deliberative body of that "Lost Cause," it is herewith
offered for publication.
In order to understand better the diary, it is well to know
objectively a few facts about the author. Franklin B. Sexton
was born at New HIarmony, Posey County, Indiana, April 29,
1828. He was the only child of Dr. and Mrs. Samuel Sexton,
and moved with them in the year 1838 to San Augustine, Texas.
Dr. Sexton died when Barlow was but a boy of thirteen; hence
a strong attachment developed between the young boy and his
mother, a fondness which lasted throughout the remainder of
her life. He attended the Methodist academy in San Augus-
tine, known as Wesleyan College, and studied law in the office
of J. Pinckney Henderson and O. M. Roberts, both of whom
are closely associated with the history of Texas. Before he
reached his twenty-first birthday (1848), Sexton was granted
by special legislative action his license to practice law. He
began his professional career, which "grew to a high standard
of eminence" (Lynch, The Bench and Bar of Texas), in San
Augustine.
In the year 1852 Sexton married Eliza Richardson, daughter
of an early Texas settler and Sabine County landowner, Daniel Long
Richardson. Thirteen children were born to them, two of whom,
Mrs. Harry F. Estill of Huntsville and Miss Mamie Sexton of
San Antonio, are now living.
In April, 1860, Frank B. Sexton was elected president of the
State Democratic Convention, which represented seventy-nine
counties and which appointed delegates to the national conven-

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Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 38, July 1934 - April, 1935. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth117143/. Accessed July 22, 2014.