The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 9, July 1905 - April, 1906 Page: 46
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46 Texas Historical Association Quarterly.
gomery, however, there was unanimity of action, Texas members
taking no mean part in the discussions which led up to a constitu-
tion. Judge Reagan bore himself creditably, but to his surprise,
there came one day notice of his appointment by President-elect
Davis to the portfolio of postmaster-general. He accepted the
r1le with misgivings, for he was aware that the attendant diffi-
culties had deterred at least two other distinguished men from
assuming the post. And the task might well have deterred him,
for in all soberness, it was no simple matter to organize and set
into operation a postal system of the magnitude demanded by the
seceding States,-a system which was to be subjected to the se-
verest tests. Here was his great triumph. The year prior to the
outbreak of the war the expenditures of the government in con-
nection with the postal service in the South reached the sum of
$2,879,530; the receipts, but $938,105, leaving a deficit of nearly
two millions. The situation was not encouraging; however, he not
only gave the Confederacy better mail service for vastly less than
the cost under the Union, but actually year after year, while the
financial condition of the Confederacy steadily grew worse, he
increased the net returns of his department. Even the last year
of the war the surplus in the treasury credited to his department
was no mean sum. This was a splendid achievement-an achieve-
ment proclaiming extraordinary executive ability.
Apart from Mr. Reagan's duties as postmaster-general of the
Confederacy, he was one of the most faithful and trusted of Presi-
dent Davis's advisers. On many points of policy he took issue, not
only with the other cabinet members, but with the president as
well. At the very first meeting of the Cabinet in Montgomery,
when the question as to the proper distribution of the troops came
up, he urged the despatch of the most of them to Kentucky, alleg-
ing that here was a weak spot in the defences. And so it proved,
and the point had been decided against him by the doctrinaire
policy of interfering in no State without leave ! Possibly, however,
the most conspicuous instance of his opposition concerned the plan
of the campaign of 1863. He objected in no minced words to send-
ing General Lee into Pennsylvania, urging on the other hand the
relief of General Pemberton and the capture of General Grant's
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Texas State Historical Association. The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 9, July 1905 - April, 1906, periodical, 1906; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101036/m1/50/: accessed July 21, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas State Historical Association.