Civil war times
By: Abby Mitchell
Todays Topic: Why did Texas join the civil war?
Why did Texas join the Civil war? Well Texas in the Civil War has a very interesting background. Being a southern state, many of the landowners there did support the use of slavery for use on plantations and in farming. However, initially the governor of Texas during the time leading up to the Civil War, Sam Houston, refused to take an oath of allegiance to the newly formed Confederate states. This, he was replaced which allowed Texas to line itself with the Confederacy. Texas officially joined the Confederate areas on March 2, 1861
What role did they play?
The state of Texas played a very needed role in Confederacy military operations. Texas in the Civil War gave much of the manpower for the Confederate military. Many of the military troops formed in Texas were revered for their fighting abilities. Some of the more popular troops include the Texas Rangers and the Texas Brigade. It should be note that men in Texas enlisted in both the Confederate and the Union army as not everyone in Texas agreed with slavery and the need for state's rights. Thus, many of the Texas civil war battles as well as battles fought throughout the Confederacy were supported with the aid of Texas resources.