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

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By Lewis L. Gould

Alexander Terrell's profession put him on the heart of a few of the main pivotal occasions in 19th- and early twentieth-century heritage, starting from the Civil conflict to Emperor Maximilian's reign over Mexico and an Armenian genocide lower 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 normal while the Civil battle erupted. Afterwards, he in short served in Maximilian's military earlier than returning to Texas, the place he was once elected to 4 phrases within the country 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 life of Christians in a Muslim empire stoked violent confrontations there. His different accomplishments incorporated writing laws that created the Texas Railroad fee and what turned the everlasting college 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 effect of the costs of cowardice within the Civil conflict that dogged him, and his religious looking out past the demonstrated religions of his time. In his wealthy and sundry existence, Alexander Watkins Terrell skilled facets of nineteenth-century Texas and American background whose results have endured all the way down to the current day.

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He was prepared to say that Peel had been the attacker. 5 Terrell knew Lee and his questionable reputation for veracity. A few weeks earlier, Lee had hunted for some mules that Terrell had lost. In the course of their conversation, Lee told Terrell a fantastic tale of how he had built up a herd of cattle from a single calf that he had found swallowed by a catfish. During his cross-examination, Terrell asked the witness whether he had told him the catfish story. When Lee said he had, Terrell rested his case.

Cuff had allegedly burned a cotton gin. 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.

At the age of thirty-three, he was active and vigorous. Believing in the Southern cause, he also knew that a war record would be a political necessity in the future. One obstacle, however, was his official position. ” On the other hand, with the war in progress, Texans believed that the work of civil courts should be suspended while men were in the military. Local judges such as Terrell came under pressure to hear only criminal cases for the duration of the fighting. 47 In the meantime, Terrell once again performed as a public spokesman for his fellow citizens of Travis County.

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