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Unflinching Courage: Pioneering Women Who Shaped Texas

Unflinching Courage: Pioneering Women Who Shaped Texas

Kay Bailey Hutchison

Language: English

Pages: 384

ISBN: 0062130692

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


In Unflinching Courage, former United States Senator and New York Times bestselling author Kay Bailey Hutchison brings to life the incredible stories of the resourceful and brave women who shaped the state of Texas and influenced American history.

A passionate storyteller, Senator Hutchison introduces the mothers and daughters who claimed a stake in the land when it was controlled by Spain, the wives and sisters who valiantly contributed to the Civil War effort, and ranchers and entrepreneurs who have helped Texas thrive.

Unflinching Courage: Pioneering Women Who Shaped Texas is a celebration of the strength, bravery, and spirit of these remarkable women and their accomplishments.

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the new border and hinted that Florida might be next. As he wrote to Senator John Breckinridge (later Jefferson’s attorney general), he was confident that through his strategy, to “push them strongly with one hand, holding out a price in the other,” the United States would “obtain the Floridas and all in good time.” In addition to its southern border with East and West Florida, two colonies England ceded to Spain after the American Revolution, the United States now bordered Spanish territory

papers, correspondence, and clothing, which he presented to Jane, and then escorted her to Mississippi. It is said that James Long had a premonition of his early death and that Milam had promised to look after Jane and her children. Perhaps the Longs’ most steadfast friend, he spent a week with her in Rodney, and he was in and out of Jane’s life until his own death during the siege of Bexar in December 1835, where he died leading the attempt to drive an entrenched Mexican army out of San Antonio.

signs of the destruction wrought by the war were visible everywhere. Entire towns and villages had been burned, by the advancing Mexican army or on Houston’s orders as he retreated. “San Felipe had been burned, and dear old Harrisburg was in ashes,” Dilue wrote. The loss of the few rudimentary elements of industry, such as the Harrisburg sawmill and the sugar and grist mills and cotton mill at the Stafford plantation near the Roses’ home, was a demoralizing blow to the returnees. Only the store

possession were released. Fighting broke out, and many of the Indians were killed by Texas soldiers and citizens. The surviving chiefs were imprisoned, pending the return of the rest of the captives. From the Comanche perspective, the arrest of chiefs who were engaged in treaty negotiations was a breach of diplomatic protocol. Most of the imprisoned chiefs soon escaped, but the affair ended all prospects of a peaceful accommodation between Comanches and Texans. In response, Chief Buffalo Hump

boat for Corpus Christi. Despite the occasional hardships, Amanda never regretted her drive up what she called “the old Kansas Trail.” As she wrote, “[W]hat woman, youthful and full of spirit and the love of living, needs sympathy because of availing herself of the opportunity of being with her husband while at his chosen work in the great out-of-door world?” Bud Burks continued to drive cattle to Kansas for another five years, during a period that saw much of the open range fenced in.

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