The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 38, July 1934 - April, 1935 Page: 271
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Diary of a Confederate Congressman, 1862-1863
tion to be held soon afterwards in Charleston, South Carolina.
Resolutions regarding State Rights and Slavery were emphati-
cally expressed by the convention.
In 1861 Sexton entered the Confederate service. In the same
year he was elected to a vacancy in the Texas Senate, which he
returned too late to fill. He was elected in 1862 to the Con-
federate Congress. Here he served the remaining ;years of the
At the close of the War, Sexton returned to San Augustine
and in 1872 removed his family to Marshall, where he practiced
law until late, serving many years as attorney for the T. & P.
Railway. He delivered an address at the laying of the corner-
stone of the present Texas State capitol in Austin. It is said
that he remained unswerving to his standards of honesty and
integrity, and likewise to his beliefs regarding the righteous-
ness of the Southern cause.
A staunch Episcopalian and a loyal mason, Mr. Sexton's
ideals and conscientious conduct are reflected in his diary of
the years 1862 and 1863, spent in Richmond, the Confederate
capital. That his fellowmen recognized his high type of man-
hood is attested in the fact that he served in 1856 as Grand
Master in the masonic order, at that time popular throughout
the State, and in 1870 as Grand Commander Knights Templar
To Mr. George L. Crocket of Nacogdoches gratitude is here-
with expressed in furnishing information regarding names as-
sociated with San Augustine and Nacogdoches, Texas. Pro-
fessor J. L. Clark, head of the history department of Sam Hous-
ton State Teachers College, and Mrs. Alice Boynton, assistant
librarian, have rendered valuable aid in locating references.
Much effort has been expended in the attempt to "run down"
references to individuals, geographical places, and incidents.
The Virginia State Library has rendered assistance, which is
much appreciated. While efforts have not always been success-
ful, they have been as exhaustive as practicable.
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