Secret plan to save south hinged on Texas

By Bartee Haile


An obscure Confederate major with a famous last name presented a secret proposal to the governor of Texas on Oct. 27, 1863. Next came the hard part -- convincing Francis Lubbock that he alone could save the South. Summer setbacks had dealt a mortal blow to Confederate chances of a military victory. After the Battle of Gettysburg, Gen. Robert E. Lee’s Army of Virginia was in full retreat, and on the western front the fall of Vicksburg had split the South at the Mississippi.  


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