The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 62, July 1958 - April, 1959 Page: 204
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
ber 15, with several secession speeches made by Austin digni-
taries. On Wednesday, December 9g, a mass meeting at the court-
house nominated George M. Flournoy, H. N. Burditt, and John
Alexander Green to the State Convention scheduled for Jan-
uary 28, 1861, in Austin. Another serenade was held that night.
Activities began with a parade down Congress Avenue, led by
the chief marshal; a band in a four-horse chariot came next, with
a large crowd following. Several talks on secession were made,
including a "calm, deliberate and powerful speech by Chief
Justice R. T. Wheeler.""
The Gazette went along with most of the other Southern news-
papers in December when it declared: "We believe that our safety
is in secession. After the State shall act, then the question of an
independent Republic, or Southern Confederacy will arise, and
will be settled by the people."''47 The Gazette also began a series
of articles called "From a Texas Lady" which were signed
"Volumnia" and dated from Austin. The articles stressed the great-
ness of Texas and the necessity of secession. One letter said, "The
Lone Star banner that once floated above you, flung out its beams,
which reached to the hearts of your kindred in other lands, must
again flutter in the breeze."48
The women of Austin, led by Mrs. George W. White, were
busy in December making a gigantic 6o-foot by 2o-foot Lone
Star flag to go on the 30o-foot flagpole at the site of the old
A Union meeting was held on December 22 with Sam Houston
as one of the chief speakers. Said the Gazette, "They all took
ground against the approaching convention. They went further
and declared that if it sought to subvert the Government, its
actions would be resisted even to the shedding of blood." The
Gazette editor ridiculed the idea. The last issue of the Gazette
for 186o carried a long editorial blasting Houston for the emer-
gency meeting of the legislature called for January 21, declaring
it an attempt to forestall action of the State Convention scheduled
4Ibid., December 22, i86o, p. a.
47Ibid., December 15, 186o, p. 8.
4SIbid., December 29, 186o, p. 1.
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