The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 77, July 1973 - April, 1974 Page: 254
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fought gallantly for our party, and we are grateful enough to reward him
None of these sources even hinted that Wigfall's election might have re-
sulted from a reaction to John Brown's raid. Clearly the radicals had tri-
umphed over the moderates in the election of Wigfall to the Senate, but his
victory did not indicate that the conservative mood expressed in the August
elections had changed so quickly. His election was a party victory more than
anything else, and the October raid in Virginia had no determinable impact
on the Texas Senate race. With the radicals unified and in control of the
legislature and the Opposition a disunified minority, the results could have
been no different. The fire-eater's supporters had carefully laid the ground-
work for his election, while the Opposition could offer no strong candidate.
Wigfall was destined to be a United States senator long before the stillness
of the night was broken by the guns of John Brown's men in Virginia.
31Dallas Herald, December 14, x859 (first quotation); Crooks to DeMorse, December
5, 1859, Clarksville Standard, December I7, 1859 (second quotation).
Captain Sam J. Richardson, by Bruce Marshall. A colorful but highly un-
typical Texas Confederate, Richardson wore a flashy homemade, "uni-
form," highlighted by trousers and weapon holsters of "leopard" skin. His
unit, the W. P. Lane Rangers served for Texas home defense and in the
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