Alexander Watkins Terrell: Civil War Soldier, Texas by Lewis L. Gould

By Lewis L. Gould

Alexander Terrell's profession put him on the middle of a few of the main pivotal occasions in 19th- and early twentieth-century background, starting from the Civil conflict to Emperor Maximilian's reign over Mexico and an Armenian genocide less than the Ottoman Empire. Alexander Watkins Terrell ultimately offers the 1st whole biographical portrait of this advanced determine. Born in Virginia in 1827, Terrell moved to Texas in 1852, emerging to the rank of accomplice brigadier common whilst the Civil warfare erupted. Afterwards, he in short served in Maximilian's military prior to returning to Texas, the place he used to be elected to 4 phrases within the nation Senate and 3 phrases in the home. President Grover Cleveland appointed him minister to the Ottoman Empire, dispatching him to Turkey and the center East for 4 years whereas the problems surrounding the lifestyles of Christians in a Muslim empire stoked violent confrontations there. His different accomplishments integrated writing laws that created the Texas Railroad fee and what turned the everlasting collage Fund (the cornerstone of the collage of Texas's multibillion-dollar endowment). during this balanced exploration of Terrell's lifestyles, Gould additionally examines Terrell's perspectives on race, the influence of the fees of cowardice within the Civil conflict that dogged him, and his religious looking past the tested religions of his time. In his wealthy and sundry existence, Alexander Watkins Terrell skilled points of nineteenth-century Texas and American historical past whose results have endured right down to the current day.

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The North coveted the cotton grown there for its mills, the presence of French troops in Mexico under Emperor Maximilian posed the threat of a possible Confederate alliance, and many in the North harbored the dream that there was Unionist sentiment in Texas. These considerations led to Union thrusts into Louisiana in 1863 and 1864. 5 During the summer of 1863, Terrell’s regiment was assigned to various duties such as locating deserters and preparing for a possible Union invasion of Texas. In mid-August the regiment was directed to dismount and serve as infantry to quell a mutiny at Galveston.

Facing the death penalty, the slave had few allies. His owner was convinced of his guilt and would not provide funds for a lawyer. Terrell appointed Andrew J. Hamilton and 27 alexander watkins terrell Charles S. West, who obtained a change of venue to Austin. As Terrell heard the evidence at the trial, he doubted that Cuff was guilty, but the jury brought in a verdict of guilty and a sentence of death. Defense counsel moved for a new trial. ” Unable to sleep, he rode to the jail at midnight to talk with the defendant.

Other letter writers echoed these sentiments in early April 1852. Terrell seemed poised to become a legislative candidate in what was a leading Democratic area of a strongly Democratic state. 43 No letters from Terrell himself survive from this period of his life. A few letters from his brother Joseph offer glimpses of Alex’s home life and marriage. In August 1850 Joseph reported that “Alex and his wife are well, you would hardly know him—he has grown so much not only in hith [sic] but in thickness.

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