manual services at the military posts when required.
At most of the towns there were posts established with officers for the collection of the tithes of farm products under an act of Congress for the use of the army, and wagons were used continually for their transportation to different places where the soldiers were in service.
In addition, wagons under private control were constantly running from Texas
and to Louisiana
loaded with clothing, hats and shoes, contributed by families for their relatives in the army in those States.
Indeed, by this patriotic method the greater part of the Texas
troops in those States were supplied with clothing of all kinds.
Salt being a prime necessity for family use, salt works were established in eastern Texas
, in Cherokee
and Smith counties
, and at Grand Sabine
in Van Zandt county
, where before the close of the war there were about forty furnaces operating and turning out to supply the country hundreds of bushels of salt every day. In the west salt was furnished from the salt lakes.
Iron works were established for making plows and cooking vessels near Jefferson
, and perhaps at other places.
At jug factories in Rusk
and Henderson counties
were made rude earthenware dishes, plates, cups and saucers, and bowls for family use, that were spread over the country.
At other shops wagons were made and repaired, and in small domestic factories chairs, tables and other furniture were made.
Shoe-shops and tailor-shops were kept busy all over the country.
Substitutes for sugar and coffee were partially adopted, but without much success.
By such devices the people of Texas
became self-supporting, and being blessed with a fertile soil, plenty abounded everywhere within the State
The county courts, under a law of the legislature, levied a tax to raise a fund to aid indigent families of soldiers, and by another proper provision the children of indigent families attended the schools free of charge.