The First Battles: April 1861 to February 1862

Flag Fever

What did Sam Houston have to say, and why was it so important?

When Texas moved to join the Confederacy in March 1861, it found its governor, Sam Houston, so dead-set against it that the legislature removed him. Many had expected Houston, the greatest living hero of the Texas Revolution of 1836, to be on their side, but he had deep misgivings about the war. On May 1, 1861, he revealed the full extent of his concerns to a crowd at Independence, Texas.


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