The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 62, July 1958 - April, 1959 Page: 17
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The Texan of z86o
ernment."36 There is no exact measurement for the weight of the
attitude of the Texas woman in demanding that her man live up
to the speeches she made about him. There was no dearth of
speeches as he left for the battle front in 1861, usually with a
special flag made for his regiment. Miss Sallie O. Smith presented a
banner to the W. P. Lane Rangers in Marshall, and Miss Ida
DeMorse of Clarksville, presented a Bonnie Blue Flag to the
troops there. Both gave reviews of all Texas history in their ef-
fusive speeches, and Miss DeMorse admonished: "You have a
character to sustain, and a reputation to support-a McCulloch, a
Travis, a Terry, and a host of God-like dead, whose actions we ex-
pect you to imitate, whose names you must never sully.""'37
Texas in 1860 was a fast-growing, exuberant, young, hardy state.
Its population had almost tripled in the preceding decade. The
great mass of the population had originated in the Old South,
and when the break came in 1861, the Texans' sentiment of states'
rights conformed with the pattern of their ancestors.
Long before 186o there was a Texas tradition of intense local
loyalty, rugged individualism, pride in size, a history of independ-
ence, and a fearless fighting spirit. Not all Texans, not nearly all,
were Southern cavalier gentlemen; neither were all of them crude
backwoodsmen or ruffians. They were the result of a frontier en-
vironment and of local legend born of battling Comanches, Mex-
icans, and variable temperatures which reacted on pioneer Amer-
ican characteristics inherent within the people who composed
36R. W. Johnson, A Soldier's Reminiscences in Peace and War (Philadelphia,
1886), 62-64, 157-158.
87Collins, Chapters from the Unwritten History of the War between the States,
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