The Civil War in Texas: An Exhibit from the Texas State Library and Archives

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Sidney Sherman to Governor Edward Clark, May 22, 1861

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Sidney Sherman to Edward Clark, May 1861

Dollars each for general purposes of defense.
This sum is now exhausted—apart [sic] of it
having been appropriated to the provisioning of
the late expedition to the Rio Grande in which
Galveston had no special and peculiar interest[.]

One of our batteries is still with-
out Guns[.] [W]e are looking for Columbiads[.]
On their arrival they will be as speedily as
possible put in position. We have two fine
brass six pounders which we wish to have moun-
ted on carriages of such structure that they can
be used as Flying Artillery. The “Twin Sisters”
two four pounders that did good service on the
field of San Jacinto, and have been so hand-
somely restored to us by the authorities of Louis-
iana are much impaired by rust and contem-
plate having them bored to the calibre [sic] of six
pounders. All these things so needful to us
can not be effected without money[.]

We also need greatly, a suitable
powder house, located beyond the city precincts
and also beyond the reach of the enemy or his
projectiles, should he invade us.

In view of these and many other
probable demands for fiscal means, I would
suggest that authority be vested in some per-
son or persons, here, to negociate [sic] on the respon-
sibility of the State, a loan of about Fifteen
Thousand Dollars to be refunded at such time
as you may deem proper, and at an interest

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Sidney Sherman to Governor Edward Clark, May 22, 1861. Records of Governor Edward Clark.

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