The Great Hanging at Gainesville, 1862 Historical

The Great Hanging at Gainesville, 1862 Historical (HM1U87)

Location: Gainesville, TX 76240 Cooke County
Country: United States of America

N 33° 37.432', W 97° 8.3088242'

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Facing the threat of invasion from the north and fearing a Unionist uprising in their midst, the people of North Texas lived in constant dread during the Civil War. Word of a "Peace Party" of Union sympathizers, sworn to destroy their government, kill their leaders, and bring in Federal troops caused great alarm in Cooke and neighboring counties. Spies joined the "Peace Party" discovered its members and details of their plans. Under the leadership of Colonels James Bourland, Daniel Montague and others, citizens loyal to the Confederacy determined to destroy the order; and on the morning of October 1, 1862, there were widespread arrests "by

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authority of the people of Cooke County." Fear of rescue by "Peace Party" members brought troops and militia to Gainesville, where the prisoners were assembled, and hastened action by the citizens committee. At a meeting of Cooke County citizens, with Colonel W. C. Young presiding, it was unanimously resolved to establish a Citizens Court and to have the Chairman choose a committee to select a jury. 68 men were brought speedily before the court. 39 of them were found guilty of conspiracy and insurrection, sentenced and immediately hanged. Three other prisoners who were members of military units were allowed trial by Court Martial
at their request and were subsequently hanged by its order. Two others broke from their guard and were shot and killed. The Texas Legislature appropriated $4,500 for rations, forage used by State troops here during the unrest.
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HM NumberHM1U87
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Year Placed1963
Placed ByThe State of Texas
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Thursday, September 8th, 2016 at 5:02pm PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)14H E 672674 N 6277994
Decimal Degrees33.62386667, -97.13848040
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 33° 37.432', W 97° 8.3088242'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds33° 37' 25.92" N, 97° 8' 18.529452" W
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Area Code(s)940, 214, 903
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling West
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 701-799 E Main St, Gainesville TX 76240, US
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