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1 German Unionists on Mon May 31, 2010 7:13 pm

I've just added a file transcribed by Vicki Betts from on German unionism in the Austin County area. Vicki is currently combing through Footnote and finding some wonderful stuff. Here is her message from another list.

"It's testimony given about a German resistance meeting on December 31, 1862, at Roeder's Mill, now Shelby, Austin County. The persons giving testimony are Germans themselves who were there. It soon leads to martial law being declared in Austin and other counties, and the arrest of the chairman of the meeting, Reinhardt Hildebrandt. One of the letters is actually written from Round Top. :-)

This current file starts with the affidavits, then correspondence
from the Official Records of the War of the Rebellion,then a couple of newspaper articles, and ends with excerpts from an unpublished article by Randy Gilbert covering military vs. civilian authority, the suspension of the writ of habeas corpus in Texas, and the evolving definition of treason in state law. Hildebrandt and Seeliger were only two of the men arrested.

You can find the file at titled Statements on German Unionism.

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