The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 62, July 1958 - April, 1959 Page: 225
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The Texas Road to Secession and War
called the "grand entertainment of the holidays" and rounded out
Austin's social events for 1861. The ball was given by the same
young ladies who had presented the tableaux, and was also for
the benefit of the soldiers.123
The war was turning into something other than a patriotic rally
as 1861 came to a close. Texas had soldiers on all fronts, and Travis
County had many men in camps in Virginia and Kentucky. By
November pneumonia and measles were taking their toll, and
many of the Texans in Kentucky were ill in homes and hospitals
around Bowling Green and Nashville. One letter from Kentucky
said, "The regiment has suffered much from sickness, a large
number being now sick, some with measles, some pneumonia,
diarrhoea, and other camp diseases."124
In November there was an outbreak of fever, pneumonia, and
measles in the Texas Brigade in Virginia. Several members of
Company B, Tom Green Rifles, were hospitalized at Robertson
Hospital, Richmond. Seven from the company were dead before
the end of November.125 J. H. Robinson, after visiting the sick at
Richmond, said: "That something should be done for our sick
troops no one who has seen what I have can doubt."128 Yet Texas
operated no hospitals in either Kentucky or Virginia.
The Gazette of December 28 carried news of the death of
Colonel Benjamin Franklin Terry at Woodsonville, Kentucky, on
December 17. The death of Colonel Terry was a blow for Texas.
Said the Gazette editor, "The State pride of Texas probably looked
to no one man connected with the war, with higher anticipation,
than to this gallant and chivalrous gentleman."'127
The next evening after the news of Colonel Terry's death was
received in Austin, December 26, the final social event of the year,
a grand ball, was held in Buaas Hall. The senate chamber was
draped in black, and the senators had resolved to wear mourning
us Ibid., December 28, 1861, p. R.
125Ibid., December 21, 1861, p. g.
18lIbid., December 28, 1861, p. g.
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