The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 62, July 1958 - April, 1959 Page: 217
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The Texas Road to Secession and War
subscribe to the Confederate loan. Travis County apparently was
not eager to participate in the financial burden of the Confed-
eracy. In July the Gazette noted that Grayson County had appro-
priated $6,ooo to purchase arms for its troops. Said the editor,
"Travis has done nothing.""93
Bishop Gregg voiced the feeling of anxiety experienced through-
out the South in his letter "To the Clergy of the Protestant
Episcopal Church in the Diocese of Texas" on June 22, 1861,
in a prayer he gave to be used on occasion of public worship:
Take the cause into thine own hand, and judge between us and
our enemies. . Grant that the unnatural war which has been
forced upon us, may speedily be brought to a close, in the deliver-
ance of thy people, in the restoration of peace, in the strengthening
of our Confederate Government, that it may continue to flourish
There was a patriotic celebration on July 4. The capitol guns
were fired at sunrise, and later in the day Captain Fisher's com-
pany marched down the Avenue. The Declaration of Independ-
ence was read and an oration delivered by A. W. Terrell in the
House of Representatives. Bishop Gregg led prayer and James P.
Neal was marshal of the day.95
General Earl Van Dorn arrived in Austin on official business on
July 4. He was met in the afternoon on July 5 at the Avenue
Hotel by the Austin City Light Infantry Company and Captain
Fisher and was escorted to the capitol for a public meeting. The
German choir and Austin String Band participated. General Van
Dorn was introduced by George W. White. The general declined
to speak, but a long talk was made by Judge E. D. Townes."
W. S. Oldham spoke on the Confederate loan at 11 A.M. on
Saturday, July 9, in Cook's Hotel. He stated that there was no
reason for not subscribing to the loan since the "future was a
glorious prospect for the South."97 On July to Bishop Gregg gave
an "impressive and eloquent sermon" at St. David's Church on
the subject of war.98
93Ibid., July 13, 1861, p. 2.
94Ibid., June 29, 1861, p. 1.
s9Ibid., July 9, 1861, p. 3.
~elbid., July 13, 1861, p. 8.
97Ibid., July 9, 1861, p. 3.
88Ibid., July 13, 1861, p. 8.
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