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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."
As Americans, you know that the world changed for the better on that fateful day of April 19, 1775 as a series of monumental events were set into motion to form what is now the greatest nation in the history of the world. From asymmetrical warfare and the greatness of the citizen warrior to the give and take of political discourse which occurred at Independence Hall during that hot summer of 1776, our ancestors demonstrated their great character, sacrifice, and honor in the fight for freedom. As the 99th president of the Texas Society Sons of the American Revolution, I welcome you on behalf of our membership to our website and invite you to explore and learn more about our great organization.
We are members of the Sons of the American Revolution because we are descendents of those citizen warriors who went to war and sacrificed their lives to secure our liberty. We are Sons because we hope to raise our children so they will know the value of their citizenship and the sacrifices that were made to obtain that citizenship. We are Sons so we can join with other like-minded men in the SAR and together keep alive the memory of George Washington, our Founding Fathers, and the principles for which they fought in creating our great nation. Together as the Sons of the American Revolution, we keep alive this important history and through our shared volunteer work we seek to maintain and expand the meaning of patriotism in today’s world, respect for our national symbols, the value of American citizenship, and the unifying force of "e pluribus unum" that was created from the people of many nations - one nation and one people.
We hope you will take an opportunity to look through the information on this site and learn more about our mission, our youth contests, our ROTC and Eagle Scout Awards, and our many other programs designed to bring the history and principles which our forefathers fought to secure in the American Revolution into modern day focus. With over 2,600 members, the Texas Society is justifiably proud that we are the largest society in the National Society Sons of the American Revolution. For information about how to join in our activities, click the menu topic “About TXSSAR”, then “Interested in Joining”, and then “Contact us About Joining”. Thank you very much for your interest in the Sons of the American Revolution.
Stephen W. Rohrbough
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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