County Commissioners Court

County Commissioners Court (HMJ9P)

Location: Brenham, TX 77833 Washington County
Country: United States of America

N 30° 10.011', W 96° 23.848'

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Texas Confederate

Composed of a chief justice (now county judge) and four county commissioners, these elected governing boards directed vital Civil War programs. Provided arms, clothing, horses and saddles for troops from county. Gave aid to wartime factories. Obtained and distributed to soldier's families scarce medicine, food, cloth, salt and cotton and wool cards.

County patrols and home guards were set up in many counties and supplied lead, powder, gun caps to guard against the enemy, Indians and bandits.

Funds were raised by issuing bonds and scrip and assessing a special war tax on property. Tax credits were given to citizens for contributions to soldier's dependents. Unbranded cattle were gathered and sold to benefit orphans and widows.

Rich, heavily-populated Washington County through its court financed hospitals in Hempstead and Chappell Hill; contracted the making of army uniforms; bought kegs of powder and held gun inspections to maintain home defenses; printed county scrip in 50 (cents), $1, $2, $3 bills; established at Old Mt. Vernon a camp of insctruction and in Brenham a soldiers home.

Judges, commissioners and other dedicated public officials did much to strengthen Texas' war effort.
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HM NumberHMJ9P
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Year Placed1965
Placed ByState Historical Survey Committee
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Thursday, October 2nd, 2014 at 7:04pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)14R E 750630 N 3340135
Decimal Degrees30.16685000, -96.39746667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 30° 10.011', W 96° 23.848'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds30° 10' 0.66" N, 96° 23' 50.88" W
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Area Code(s)979, 936, 512, 469
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 101-199 E Alamo St, Brenham TX 77833, US
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