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survived. Andrew F. Muir, 946 Courtlandt Place, Houston,
Texas, who has made extensive researches in the early railroad
history of Texas, has furnished the following information on
The Buffalo Bayou, Brazos and Colorado Railway Company locomotive
General Sherman was the first introduced into Texas.' It was purchased
second-hand in Massachusetts, probably from one of the railroads in
which Jonathan F. Barrett, the first president of the company, owned
stock. Though second-hand, it was considered substantial, serviceable,
and efficient.2 It weighed twelve3 or thirteen4 tons, had inside connections,'
and was capable of running thirty-five miles an hour.6 In 1857, it and
its tender were valued at $4000.7
The locomotive arrived in Galveston in November, 1852, and Galveston
townspeople gave a dinner for Sidney Sherman in recognition of his
bringing it to Texas.s Late in November or early in December, 1852,
a storm at Galveston injured it.' The damage was repaired and steam
raised on the locomotive in January, 1853.10 It was in bad running order
in 1855.11 On July 24, 1861, mobs damaged four locomotives of the
B. B. B. & C.,12 and the General Sherman may have been one of these.
The locomotive was owned by the company as late as June 11, 1874, when
the property of the B. B. B. & C. was sold to the Galveston, Harrisburg
and San Antonio Railway Company.'
Any further information on the General Sherman will be
'Huntsville Item, January 15, 1853, p. 2, col. 2, quoting the Texas
Monument (La Grange).
2Jonathan F. Barrett to Comptroller of the State of Texas, March 11,
1856, in Rail Road Papers, Reports, Inspections (MSS. in Archives, Texas
State Library, Austin). Affidavit of John A. Williams, March 24, 1856, in
ibid. James P. Hector to Board of School Commissioners, February 16,
1858, in Proceedings of the Board of School Commissioners Created by
"An Act to Provide for the Investment of the Special School Fund in
the Bonds of Railroad Companies Incorporated by the State"-Passed
August 13th, 1856. (MSS. in Archives, Texas State Library), A, 57-62.
'Hector to Board.
4Barrett to Comptroller.
'Hector to Board.
6Barrett to Board.
7Affidavit of Williams, July 21, 1857, in Proceedings, A, 64.
8F. A. Lubbock to Mary Jane Briscoe, November 14, 1852, in Adele
Lubbock Looscan Papers (MSS. in San Jacinto Museum of History,
San Jacinto Monument, Texas).
9Telegraph and Texas Register (Houston), December 3, 1852, p. 2, col. 3.
'0Huntsville Item, January 15, 1853, p. 2, col. 2.
"Jane Harris to Briscoe, November 6, 1855, in Looscan Papers.
1"John Angier to William Byrd, July 25, 1861, in Adjutant General's
correspondence (MSS. in Archives, Texas State Library).
'3Deed Records of Harris County, Texas (MSS. in County Clerk's of-
fice, Houston), XIII, 274-76.
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