Tuesday, October 27, 2015

TEXAS in the Civil War

In 1861, about twenty-two thousand families populated the State of Texas, and one in four of them owned slaves. Most of them lived in the eastern part. In January that year, tough Sam Houston tried to forestall it, the state convened a convention, and delegates voted one hundred sixty-six to eight in favor of seceding from the Union. The vote was stacked because seventy percent of those men voting owned slaves.
By March, Texas joined the Confederacy, but its governor remained pro-union, and Sam Houston refused recognize their authority or to take an oath to the new government, so they declared his office vacant. Lincoln offered to send him union troops to resist, but he declined. So his Lieutenant Governor Edward Clark from Marshall, a Confederate supporter, stepped up and into the top position as the eighth governor of the Lone Star State.
General Twiggs
Benjamin McCulloch
The Union’s ailing General Twiggs in San Antonio surrendered all the federally held lands to veteran Texas Ranger Benjamin McCullouch and then evacuated his twenty-seven hundred troops. By the end of the year, twenty-five thousand Texans joined the Confederate army, two-thirds of those as cavalrymen, since no one in Texas liked to walk. The majority served in the southwest part of the state under the leadership of the colorful Rip Cord who commanded the Rio Grande division against Union invaders, Comanche and Mexican raiders.

The region became the Confederacy’s backdoor and a huge financial support through Laredo, a main route to export cotton to Mexico. On March 18, 1864, Union Major Alfred Holt led about two hundred men from Brownsville, Texas’ most southern tip, to destroy five thousand bales of cotton stacked at the San Agustín Plaza. Rising from a sick bed, Colonel Santos Benavides commanded forty-two Confederate soldiers and repelled three Union attacks at Zacate Creek. Benavides secured passage of the five thousand bales into Mexico.
After only five other Texas battles, on June 19, 1865, Union Colonel Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston and declared the war over and all slaves free by the Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation.

Sure do love my research for the historical Texas Romance series! Hope you found this tidbit interesting and have a blessed day! Hey, I'd love a comment! :)

In JUST KIN, book six of the Texas Romance series, Henry Buckmeyer takes his men to fight for Texas in the spring of 1861. He’s fully against slavery and hoped Texas would be a Republic again, stay out of the war, but when he saw that wasn’t going to happen, he accepted the rank of General in the Confederate Army. Major Levi Baylor and Wallace Rusk along with Charley, Houston and Bart joined with him, so he could keep them safe.
As they're leaving, a stolen kiss ignites a fire that burns all the way from Texas to New York City. Torn apart by war, rejection, and a letter with news she never wanted, Lacey Rose Langley--half Comanche--takes her shredded heart and runs. Charley figures out something isn’t right, but is duty-bound to the Confederacy until a deathbed order sets in motion a series of events that tests his love, honor, and commitment to the breaking point.
Can the two lifelong friends see past the pain to finally realize God’s plan for them to be more than just kin? 
One thing is certain: Love covers a multitude of sin.  

JUST KIN debuts January 2, but is available now for 

Blessed and highly favored

Caryl McAdoo is all about loving God! She currently writes four series: the historical Christian ‘Texas Romance’; a contemporary ‘Red River Romance’; and The Generations, her Biblical fiction, and the newest Days of Dread Trilogy for mid-grade readers. Known as the Singing Pray-er, she loves praising with new songs the Lord gives her and prays her story gives God glory! In 2008, she and her high school sweetheart-husband Ron moved from the DFW area—home for fifty-plus years—to the woods of Red River County. Caryl counts four children and fourteen grandsugars life’s biggest blessings believing all good things come from God. Besides glorifying Him, she hopes each title will also minister His love, mercy, and grace to its readers. Caryl and Ron live in Clarksville, the county seat, in the far northeast corner of the Lone Star State with two grandsons.
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  1. Fascinating, Caryl McAdoo...I enjoyed the history lesson and this book sounds fascinating!

    1. Thanks, Holly! I love the rich history of Texas! :) And this incident has a very sad outcome for one of my characters in Just Kin :( Such as it is in war... BLESSINGS!

  2. Thank you for sharing your research.. so interesting. I love this series & so looking forward to reading this next book ! !

    1. You're welcome, Deanna! This series is definitely the favorite it seems of the majority of my readers :) Soon and very soon! :)

  3. Hi Caryl! Thank you for the most interesting post about our great state and Just Kin sounds wonderful!. I can't wait to read it! Have a great day!

  4. Hi, Melanie!, you're welcome and thank you! :) I can't wait for it to debut in January! Pre-orders are available for eBooks! I know you're like me and love holding a book in your hands :) I did get me a Kindle this year though, and they are handy... :) Blessings

  5. I am a fan of the Civil War era but hadn't realized that so many Texans were slave owners. Thank you for a fascinating post!
    Blessings to you!
    cps1950 (at)gmail(dot)com

  6. I just read about some Texas state history on another blog and was taken aback by the story of Cynthia Ann Parker. I'm sure you can google her name and read the story for yourself, but it just broke my heart. I wish I could have learned more about other states when in school instead of a large emphasis on the state you live in.

    I was happy to read more about Just Kin. It seems as the series has progressed, the stories just get better.