The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 67, July 1963 - April, 1964 Page: 625
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ture which met in regular session from November, 1861, to Jan-
uary, 1862. Material shortages prevented printing the journal
during the Civil War years and several later attempts at publi-
cation had failed, thus this was the first time research students
had available the journals in anything but manuscript form.
More recently the Commission has published the senate journals
of the first called session of the ninth legislature, again under
the able editorship of James M. Day, the state archivist.
When the legislature adjourned in January, 1862, the future
of the Confederacy looked especially bright. The only major bat-
tle in the East, First Manassas, had been a resounding victory for
Southern arms, and with the exception of some movements along
the Tennessee River by an unknown brigadier named Grant the
war in Tennessee was a stalemate. In the West, Confederate forces
under Sibley were driving into New Mexico. During the summer
months, the Confederacy continued to repulse Union forces in
the East, but the war in the West had taken a bad turn. The
defeats at Shiloh, Pea Ridge, and Corinth, the loss of Memphis
and New Orleans, and the failure of Sibley's New Mexican ven-
ture were stinging setbacks to Texas and the South. Appalling
casualty lists and the first signs of shortages raised doubts and
suspicions on the home front. As Cooper Ragan has so aptly said
in his introduction to this volume "the people of Texas were
saying what they would not admit in 1861--that the war would
be a long and costly one."
Called back by Governor Francis R. Lubbock to consider new
war measures, especially retaliatory laws to meet the feared con-
sequences of the Emancipation Proclamation, the legislature re-
mained in session from February 2 through March 7, 1863. Dur-
ing these weeks the senate adopted new conscription measures,
bills to aid sick and wounded soldiers, various relief measures
for the families of soldiers, regulations for cotton production, and
a bill directed against the invasion of Texas by persons of color.
Much time was spent in investigating the prosecution of the war,
especially the activities of the all powerful Texas Military Board.
One of the more interesting aspects of the session was the dis-
cussion of a "black book" to be maintained in each county listing
names of those who failed to support the Confederacy.
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