By Lewis L. Gould
Alexander Terrell's profession put him on the heart of a few of the main pivotal occasions in 19th- and early twentieth-century historical past, starting from the Civil battle to Emperor Maximilian's reign over Mexico and an Armenian genocide below the Ottoman Empire. Alexander Watkins Terrell finally offers the 1st entire biographical portrait of this complicated determine. Born in Virginia in 1827, Terrell moved to Texas in 1852, emerging to the rank of accomplice brigadier normal whilst the Civil conflict erupted. Afterwards, he in brief served in Maximilian's military earlier than returning to Texas, the place he used to be elected to 4 phrases within the kingdom Senate and 3 phrases in the home. President Grover Cleveland appointed him minister to the Ottoman Empire, dispatching him to Turkey and the center East for 4 years whereas the problems surrounding the life of Christians in a Muslim empire stoked violent confrontations there. His different accomplishments integrated writing laws that created the Texas Railroad fee and what turned the everlasting college Fund (the cornerstone of the collage of Texas's multibillion-dollar endowment). during this balanced exploration of Terrell's existence, Gould additionally examines Terrell's perspectives on race, the effect of the costs of cowardice within the Civil conflict that dogged him, and his religious looking past the demonstrated religions of his time. In his wealthy and sundry existence, Alexander Watkins Terrell skilled points of nineteenth-century Texas and American historical past whose results have persevered right down to the current day.
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Hamilton and 27 alexander watkins terrell Charles S. West, who obtained a change of venue to Austin. As Terrell heard the evidence at the trial, he doubted that Cuff was guilty, but the jury brought in a verdict of guilty and a sentence of death. Defense counsel moved for a new trial. ” Unable to sleep, he rode to the jail at midnight to talk with the defendant. ” Their conversation aroused further doubts in Terrell’s mind, and he ordered a new trial. Before that proceeding could occur, another slave confessed to the arson and Cuff was released.
Skill as an orator made him a visible advocate for the majority opinion on ceremonial occasions. Ambitious for advancement and still in his mid-thirties, Terrell seemed to have a promising future as he rode off to join his regiment at Navasota, Texas. 36 Chapter Three Civil War, Mexico, and Reconstruction I t was one of those small, apparently unimportant moments in the fog of war. At the Battle of Pleasant Hill on April 9, 1864, Alexander Terrell and the men of his Company H rode ahead of the others in their regiment as the unit moved toward the Union lines.
Still in his early thirties, Alexander Terrell was a strong partisan of the Southern cause. A civil war seemed a remote prospect when Terrell and his family reached Austin on November 2, 1852. They came into a small town of eight hundred people. Travis County, of which Austin was the seat, had been created a dozen years earlier. In 1850 the county had about twenty-ﬁve hundred inhabitants, of whom some six hundred were slaves. 1 The Terrells had arrived at a propitious time. Rains were abundant in 1852.
Alexander Watkins Terrell: Civil War Soldier, Texas Lawmaker, American Diplomat by Lewis L. Gould