The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 62, July 1958 - April, 1959 Page: 221
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The Texas Road to Secession and War
moved to Oakland Station about thirteen miles from Bowling
Green, on the Louisville Road. They saw little action in 1861,
except for sniping, scouting, and picket duty.08
The Soldiers' Aid Society
In September the Soldiers' Aid Society was formed in Austin
to obtain winter clothing and equipment for the Travis County
soldiers in Kentucky and Virginia. For all contributions a receipt
for payment by the Confederacy was given, but often a contribu-
tor would ask for no receipt.0' J. H. Robinson took the contribu-
tions at an office on Congress Avenue, and he personally planned
to deliver them to the soldiers. In a report to the people at a meet-
ing in the House of Representatives on October 5, Robinson re-
ported that $420 in cash had been received, plus 1 buffalo robe,
75 bandage lints, 26 handkerchiefs, 22 pairs shoes, 9 pairs boots,
103 shirts, 125 undershirts, 35 vests, 125 drawers, 350 pairs socks,
98 comforters, 203 blankets, 194 coats, and 208 pairs pants, for
a total value of about $4,400 from Travis County and $1,500 from
Hays County. Receipts had been issued for only $1,931 value.
When Robinson started out with the supplies, their value totaled
about $8,ooo. He started with four large wagons on Monday,
October 14, heading for Virginia by the "most accessible route."ll0
Robinson passed through Crockett on October 24 and Nacog-
doches about October 30. On November 25 Robinson reached
Bowling Green, Kentucky, and left some of the supplies with
Terry's Rangers. After leaving Bowling Green, Robinson con-
tracted measles but managed to complete the trip to Richmond.
He left the supplies with a Texas representative in Richmond,
visited the Texas sick in the Richmond hospitals, and then re-
turned to Texas.
Frequent benefit events were held in Austin following the de-
parture of the troops for Virginia and Kentucky. On Thursday
night, September 26, Professor Julius Schutz, assisted by "several
young ladies and gentlemen," gave a concert in the House of Rep-
resentatives for the benefit of the soldiers. An original song, "The
losJ. K. P. Blackburn, "Reminiscences of the, Terry Rangers," Southwestern
Historical Quarterly, XXII, 45-
lo09Texas State Gazette, September 21, 1861, p. s.
11Ibid., October ig, 1861, p. 2.
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