The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 50, July 1946 - April, 1947 Page: 477
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Union Sentiment in Texas, 1861-1865
the most influential Unionist in Texas, Sam Houston having
reached the journey's end in 1863. Throckmorton tried to block
the Hord resolutions, fearing that the discussion might extend
to the masses to the detriment of the cause already nearly lost.
Failing in this, he countered with a substitute which briefly de-
clared that it was not within the power of a state to make either
peace or war, and that the power to reconstruct the Union be-
longed to the Confederate government. This substitute, by in-
ference, recognized the right of the Confederacy to subscribe
to the re-establishment of the Union, a mild Unionism which
only the exigencies of the hour would have tolerated.83 The tide
of the Confederacy was fast running out. There was yet a little
time left, however, for men to hide their heads beneath the sand;
and so they did, by endorsing the Hord resolutions, twelve to
ten. Texan leaders were not realists in 1861; they were no more
so in 1864.
As the year 1865 was inauspiciously ushered in, the tele-
graphic wires were daily burdened with messages of Confed-
erate defeat, desertions, death, and destruction. As the people
crowded around news centers to get the story as it came from
the wires, Unionists smiled, while loyal Confederates turned
away with sadness in their hearts. Then came the news of Lee's
surrender. The most useless war in the history of mankind had
come to an end.
s8Houston Tri-Weekly Telegraph, November 9, 1864.
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