For a short time a few of his zealous supporters, as indicated in the newspapers, anticipated an uprising of the people to restore him to the office, but any manifestation of it failed to appear on the surface.
Notwithstanding his strong opposition, that induced him to resist step by step the desire of a large majority of the people for immediate action of the State
and for its union with the other Southern States, his reception of the committees sent to him by the convention, and his communications to them and to the members generally, were of the most courteous and even friendly character, many of the members being his friends personally, and previously his able supporters.
A vote of the people was absolutely necessary.
For with 2,700 Federal troops of all arms in Texas
, and the people sectionally divided, as was shown in the election, wherein a number of populous counties in northern
and western Texas
polled majorities against secession, and the chief executive of the State
with numerous influential supporters standing out in open opposition, nothing but a vote of the people on the question at issue could have prevented a division in hostile array in Texas
just as soon as a gun was fired to force the people of the South
in subjection to the rule of the Republican party in control of the Federal
That vote acted like a charm in harmonizing the conflicting political elements, so that Texas
was a unit on the side of the South
during the whole war. Even General Houston
, always a Texas patriot, afterward in a speech to the soldiers of a Confederate regiment, while referring to his opposition, expressed the hope that their efforts would be crowned with success, and said that he had fitted up his son to be a soldier in the cause and if he had a hundred he would send them to the ranks to fight for their country.
In fact, most of those who opposed secession became good officers or soldiers in the Confederate army. General Houston
exhibited his care for the Texas
people shortly after he