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"Under a good government (which I have no doubt we shall establish) this Country certainly promises greater advantages, than almost any other, to persons of moderate property, who are determined to be sober, industrious and virtuous members of Society."
Welcome to the Texas SAR!
The Sons of the American Revolution encourages men and boys of all ages to become a member of this very Patriotic fraternity whose members celebrate every day the history of the founding of the United States of America and the legacy created for Americans by those who sacrificed to create this country.
The theme for this year is Celebrate the Past, Strengthen the Present, Shape the Future.
We Celebrate the Past: By honoring our male and female ancestors be they a Citizen or a General or a Private who participated in the founding of America through the proven family genealogy. By creating a path whereby those who come after us can do the same through the recorded genealogy of those who are already members. And, by encouraging and assisting others to do the same by “paying it forward” for generations to come.
We Strengthen the Present by using our talents to further the cause of Patriotism, Education and History, the primary objectives of SAR.
We Shape the Future by building a strong foundation to amplify the Sons of the American Revolution. Won’t you come join us. I challenge you to see if you have an ancestor who assisted or served in the American Revolution.
If you feel you need to be asked to join, consider this message as your invitation. Go to the following web page http://txssar.org/joining.htm to start the process.
I look forward to seeing you as a member of the Texas SAR.
Robert S. Cohen
The Texas Connection -
Many are content to write Texas off as a non-involved area with respect to the American Revolution. This is not the case! The following excerpts from President General Edward F. Butler's (TX) articles titled "Spain's Involvement in the American Revolutionary War" outline The Texas Connection.
It is well known that an army travels on its stomach. A well fed army is a good army. During the period 1779-1782, somewhere between 9,000 and 15,000 head of cattle were provided to Galvez' army by ranchers living along the San Antonio River between San Antonio and Goliad. In addition, this area sent several hundred head of horses and many bulls to perpetuate the herds. These herds of cattle and horses were driven from Texas to Louisiana by soldiers, militiamen, Indians, and vaqueros from San Antonio de Bexar, La Bahia (Goliad) and El Fuerte del Cibolo (a fort no longer standing, in what is now Karnes County). Some of these men stayed and fought with Galvez' army.
The prime cattle raising areas of Texas in those days were in a rough diamond shaped area with San Antonio in the north; Brownsville in the south; Laredo on the west; and Old Indianola in the east. The nucleus of the best land was between San Antonio and Goliad, along the San Antonio, Cibolo and Guadalupe Rivers.
The ranchers who sold beef to Galvez and the drovers were all patriots. Additionally, all the men who were members of the Spanish army and the local militia during the time in question qualify as patriots within the definition of the Sons of the American Revolution. In addition to their service in the army and/or the militia, each Texan male over 18 most likely made a financial contribution to the war, as requested by Carlos III in August 1781. Each Spanish male over 18 was expected to donate 2 pesos, while Indians and those of mixed blood were asked to donate 1 peso. Collections continued until 1784, when news of the peace treaty finally arrived. No contributor lists survive, but there are census records.
The king's declaration of war included a request for public prayer directed to all priests and church officials. The priests complied, praying both in Spanish and in the local Indian dialects on a regular basis. Thus, each of the mission priests and the church hierarchy in New Spain were also patriots.
Because of hostile Indians, the cattle were driven to New Orleans by way of Nacogdoches. The militia leader there was on Antonio Gil Ybarbo, who held the title of Lt. Governor. Cattle from his ranch were added to the herd driven to Galvez. From there the herds went through Nachitoches and Opelousas to New Orleans.
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