Monday, July 24, 2017

Exiled: The Last Days of Sam Houston

A bit of a topical extension of the previous post, but getting back to the realm of Civil War books, is the upcoming title Exiled: The Last Days of Sam Houston by Ron Rozelle (TAMU Press, Nov '17). In 1860, Houston was Texas's greatest living hero—a legendary military leader who also served as president of independent Texas, U.S. senator, and governor—and it must have exasperated Lone Star secessionists to no end that he adamantly opposed leaving the Union. The book isn't a full biography but rather an examination of Houston's final years.

From the description: "After refusing to take an oath of loyalty to the Confederacy in 1861, Houston was swiftly evicted from the governor’s office. “Let me tell you what is coming,” he later said from a window at the Tremont Hotel in Galveston. “After the sacrifice of countless millions of treasure and hundreds of thousands of lives, you may win Southern independence if God be not against you, but I doubt it.” Houston died just two years later, and the nation was indeed fractured." Refusing to participate in the war on either side, Houston retired from the limelight and passed away after a brief illness on July 26, 1863 in Huntsville, Texas. Exiled "is a compelling look at Sam Houston’s legacy and twilight years."

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