Nesbitt Memorial Library Journal, Volume 9, Number 1, January, 1999 Page: 39
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Consider the Lily: The Ungilded History of Colorado County, Texas
sion. Schmidt too, was German, but had clearly been in favor of secession, as he had been
one of the group of men who cancelled their subscriptions to the Colorado Citizen in 1860
to protest the newspaper's moderate tone. Schmidt, though, had a family connection to
Tendick; his daughter, Kate, married Tendick on December 19, 1865. Leyendecker and
Everett were both Confederate veterans, and like Jackson, leaned toward the positions of
the Democratic Party. Leyendecker, however, also had a family connection which may have
helped him bridge the gap between the two political factions: he was the brother of former
sheriff Johann Baptist Leyendecker. The new sheriff, Smith, had a similar connection. His
brother, George W. Smith, was a leader of the conservatives. Sheriff Smith was praised by
the conservative newspaper, the Columbus Times, which commented that he was not "a
member of the negro conclave, or loyal league" and that he "deprecates all such thieving
and incendiary associations." Claiborne, the new county judge, certainly was no carpetbag-
ger. He had lived in Washington County before the war, and had owned numerous slaves. In
1867, he had been one of the men who was not allowed to register to vote.60
For Colorado County's representatives, the Twelfth Legislature proved unusu-
ally fatal. State Senator Foster made it through the provisional session in February 1870,
but died shortly thereafter, on March 9. State Representative Wilkinson was in Austin,
attending the called session, when he became ill and, on May 24, died. The elections to fill
their seats would be among the bitterest, and longest remembered, in the county's history.6'
60 Colorado Citizen, September 22, 1860, November 15, 1888, October 22, 1889; Galveston Daily
News, May 15, 1868; Eagle Lake Headlight, January 8, 1927; War of the Rebellion: Official Records of the
Union and Confederate Armies (Washington: Government Printing Office, 1889-1896), series 1, vol. 48, part 2,
pp. 259; Letter of Camillus Jones, July 6, 1870, Letter of Robert P. Tendick, July 6, 1870, Governor's Papers,
Edmund J. Davis (RG 301), Archives and Records Division, Texas State Library, Austin; Eighth Census of the
United States (1860), Colorado County, Texas, Schedule 1, Washington County, Texas, Schedule 1; Biographi-
cal sketch of Daniel D. Claiborne in Memorial and Genealogical Record ofSouthwest Texas (Chicago: Goodspeed
Brothers, 1894), pp. 203-204. The Loyal League, or Union League, was an organization which supported can-
didates for office who had remained loyal to the Union, and opposed those who had supported the Confederacy.
61 Weekly Austin Republican, March 16, 1870; [Austin] Daily State Journal, March 18, 1870.
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