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A few weeks ago, I wrote about a lunch I had with former Texas governor Mark White several months before he died. One of the things we found we had in common was an almost evangelical respect for Sam Houston.
A few weeks ago, I found out about a new biography on the last days of Sam Houston. So on my Facebook page I posted these words, “The more I learn about Sam Houston, the more he inspires me. We camp every April in Sam Houston State Park which is just a few miles from his last home, now a tremendous museum. Statesman, drunkard, war hero, coward, Texas governor kicked to the curb and at the end of it all, a man truly trying to do the best he could. I’ll be interested to read this book.”
Never Call Sam Houston a Coward.
I stirred up a s***t- storm based on some of the responses. The most courteously worded comment was this one: “ I don’t know who you are funky texas traveler but Sam Houston was no coward. He was the architect behind outsmarting Santa Ana at San Jacinto. I take great offense to hearing anyone call him a coward.”
I replied to each one with something like, “That’s what many of his fellow Texans called him after Goliad and the Alamo fell. Sometimes popular opinion is far from correct. History tells us he was a resourceful heroic military leader, just what we needed.” [Read more…]