Heritage, Volume 14, Number 3, Summer 1996 Page: 4
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THE PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE
By John B. Meadows
This issue concludes my fourth year as
president of the Texas Historical Foundation.
It has been an honor to serve you in
this capacity. The people I have had the
opportunity to work with on your Board
and those others I have met along the path
have turned what could have been a laborious
journey into pure pleasure. I sincerely
appreciate the dedication and hard work of
all those associated with the Foundation.
One of my goals was to dedicate an issue
of HERITAGE magazine to Texas, Texans,
and their roles in the war for Southern
independence. As you can surmise from
our splendid cover, this is that issue. Clyde
Heron's "Lee Calls on Hood's Texans",
featuring two men I admire greatly, has
always been one of my favorites. We are
fortunate to include several fine articles
relating to Texas and the Confederacy.
Dr. Robert W. Glover, chair of the Camp Ford Preservation
Committee of the Smith County Historical Society, shares with us
a sketch of Camp Ford, the largest Confederate prisoner of war
camp west of the Mississippi River. Dr. Glover and Lee Lawrence
published "Camp Ford C.S.A." in 1964, and the publication is
considered the authoratative reference on Camp Ford.
Another article, "An Example of Daring and Bravery", is
written by Edward B. Williams and gives us insight into the heroic
achievements of Hood's Texas Brigade, one of the South's most
revered fighting units. Williams was the editor in 1995 of "Rebel
Brothers, The Civil War Letters of the Truehearts". My admiration
of Hood's Brigade is well-rooted. My great-grandfather, Thomas
Oscar Moore, 7th Texas Infantry, C.S.A., was brother to Hartwell
Moore, who was in Hood's 1 st Texas Volunteer Infantry Regiment,
Company H, paroled at Appomattox on April 12, 1865. Their
sister Mollie H. Moore Davis was an early Texas poet who in 1867
in her first volume, "Minding the Gap and Other Poems", wrote of
"Hood's Old Brigade". In Waco in 1877, the Hood's Texas Brigade
Association voted Mollie E. Moore Davis
to "Daughter of Hood's Texas Brigade".
William J. (Bill) Sibley, a Texas Historical
Foundation Board member, writes
of "Henry Hopkins Sibley: General, Inventory,
Rapscallion - My Ancestor".
Bill pulls no punches when providing this
insight on a much-written about, often
misunderstood, Texas general.
We also include in this issue a brief
history of the Sons of Confederate Veterans,
who this year recognize their 100th
year. Also, there is a history of the United
Daughters of the Confederacy. Both of
these groups work to honor the memories,
achievements, and sacrifices of those who
served the South with valor.
In other news, I extend congratulations
to the Foundation's incoming president,
Dr. R. Lee Rode of Abilene and Buffalo
Gap. Dr. Rode ("Rode" to his friends) and his charming wife Ann
have served the Foundation with distinction for years, and I am sure
Rode will do a splendid job leading our organization.
We were all saddened to learn of the recent deaths of two longtime
supporters of the Historical Foundation. Texas lost a true
champion on July 10 when former Foundation President Lee
Lawrence passed away. It is my personal feeling that Lee was a real
saint among men, devoted to his family and to preserving the
heritage of our great state. I was proud to be in the audience to watch
Lee receive the Governor's Award from the Historical Commission
(see page 22) just a few weeks ago. Also, Catherine Knowles, another
devoted preservationist and Foundation board member who worked
tirelessly at the state and local level, died on May 20. We were
honored to have known them both, and they will be missed.
In closing, let me offer my thanks to the Foundation for
permitting me to serve you these past four years. I pledge to
continue to join you in helping preserve Texas heritage.
God Bless Texas.
4 HERITAGE -SUMMER 1996
THE TEXAS HISTORICAL FOUNDATION
A non-profit organization devoted to historic preservation requests applications and nominations for
There are currently openings on the Board of Directors of the Texas Historical Foundation. The Board is seeking to recruit new
members who will reflect the full range of historical, preservation, and archaeological interests that the Foundation has traditionally
supported. It is also important that the Board represent the different geographical areas of the state. At present we are seeking to
increase representation from South Texas and the Panhandle, and we encourage applications from those areas. Send cover letter and
curriculum vita to:
John B. Meadows Texas Historical Foundation * Box 50314, Austin, Texas 78763
For more information on Board service, call (512) 453-2154 or by e.mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
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