Guess the majority of true Texans have always been a little rebellious, to say the least!
Free State of Van Zandt
Van Zandt County in east Texas was once called the Free State of Van Zandt, an independent state once in conflict with the United States. Following the Civil War, federal troops were stationed in many Texas towns. Fed up with martial law, the citizens of Van Zandt voted to secede not just from Texas, but from the United States as well. The government wasn’t going to stand for any shenanigans, so US Army soldiers led by General Sheridan were sent to put down the uprising. Fortunately, the Van Zandt army had celebrated their new freedom a little too heartily and the drunks were rounded up without too much fuss. Later, many of the men escaped custody. Seceding from the US was no longer in the cards, though the resolution made by the county to separate was never formally withdrawn.
Ya know, I'm thinking that the folks in Texas back then were almost as crazy as they are today! Some things just never change!
Coffee out on the patio this morning. I'll tell you all about how my day went from bad to worse yesterday!