The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 52, July 1948 - April, 1949 Page: 285
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The Texas Slave Insurrection of r86o
The Disturbances.-The counties that have been so deeply agitated
by the anticipated insurrection and the late disastrous conflagrations
are becoming confident and quiet.74
A letter from Dallas, dated September i, to the Palestine
I think I can say that peace and quiet have been restored to our
county. I could not think of telling you in one letter the troubles,
both seen and unseen, we have passed through. There have been
some erroneous statements going the rounds in regard to our diffi-
culties, but, indeed they were bad enough.75
On the basis of the material studied thus far, it appears that
a real plot of insurrection existed in 186o in Texas. The plot,
inspired by abolitionist agents, was inadequately organized and
poorly executed due primarily to the vast extent of territory
covered and to the scarcity of white leaders for carrying out the
plan of action.
Regardless of the purpose or scope of the insurrection of 1860,
the following may be said of its effect upon Texas:
1. The loss of at least one million dollars worth of property
and supplies caused considerable hardship, especially in the
2. The people were alerted to the dangers of abolitionist doc-
trines and increased the vigilance of slave discipline.
3. The insurrection provided an emotional background which
greatly increased the sentiment for secession, not only in Texas,
but throughout the South where it was widely publicized.
74Daily Picayune, September 14, 1860, quoting the Galveston News, September
75Ibid., September 25, 186o, quoting the Palestine Advocate, date not given.
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