Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 11586303 Details

Location Type:County
Salutation:To the Hon the Legislature of the State of Texas
Filing Date:circa 1863

General Petition Information

Abstract:William Hudson represents that "a secret organization ... composed of persons inimical to the Confederate States Government" was uncovered in the county in 1862. He further states that he feared when said group "felt itself sufficiently strong, then to throw off the veil of secrecy and openly espouse the Federal Cause, fully endorsing the abolition administration of Abraham Lincoln, and with fire and sword to devastate the whole country -- murder and rob all persons favourable to the South indiscriminately, without regard to age condition of sex." Seeking to preempt such an attack, Hudson recounts that he and six or seven hundred citizens "commenced the work by arresting about seventy (70) of the members of said organization, suspected of treason, and carried them to the town of Gainesville in said County, for safekeeping and trial." Hudson explains that "there being no jail house of the sufficient capacity, to hold the accused, it was necessary to procure a strong guard of the citizens." Hudson, as Brigadier General of the militia, avers that he used his own money to pay for provisions. He therefore "asks that an appropriation be made of Forty five hundred Dollars, or so much thereof as may be necessary to pay off the debts thus accrued."
Result:No recorded result
# of Petition Pages:3
Related Documents:No related documents are associated with petition 11586303

People Associated with Petition 11586303

Free Persons of Color:0
Other People:0

Citation Information

Repository: Texas State Library-Archives Division, Austin, Texas

  • Records of the Legislature, Memorials and Petitions
  • Record Group: 100

Processing Information

Record Created:8/7/1996
Record Final Edited:4/1/1998
Record Last Updated on:12/26/2007 12:04:00 PM