Reconstruction in Texas.
[from the Galveston (Tex.) daily news, Sunday, November 15, 1896.]
[The following paper was read before the Texas
Historical Society of Galveston
at its annual meeting, Tuesday evening, November 10, 1896, and is the first of a series of papers in preparation.
has taken a deep interest in the subject and has devoted a great amount of time in study and research.
A great deal of the matter he brings up has never been more than touched upon by historical writers.]
If chaos ever reigned in any land it did in Texas
from May to August, 1865, following the news of Lee
's surrender, which fell like a thunderbolt upon the army and the people.
A large proportion of the troops of the Trans-Mississippi Department had wintered in Texas
after the campaign of 1864, which began victoriously at Mansfield