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Don’t Go To Texas!

After the Civil War and during Reconstruction citizens of Alabama suffered considerably and many lost their homes and property. Often they pulled up stakes and headed west in search of better opportunities.

Hundreds moved to Texas, but evidently, troubles followed them there too as the following letter printed in the Birmingham Iron Age Newspaper on Thursday, November 26, 1874, reports:


The Rome Courier says: We are permitted to make the following extract from a private letter of Mr. J. Anderson, written from McLennan county, Texas, the county in which Waco is situated, to his father, Mr. Sam’l S. Anderson, of this county. We commend it to the attention of all persons affected with the emigration fever:


‘Times are very hard’ out here. Money is very scarce, and consequently stock or produce is not bringing anything. Wages are also gradually coming down. This will soon be the worst monopolized State in the Union, taxes are clinched a little tighter on the poor man every year. I am of course a Democrat and would not vote any other ticket, but I think we surely have a hungry set out here. I think I shall write to the Commercial and correct some of Judge Yarborough’s letters to that paper.

Rockdale Texas, 1874 (Milam County Historical Commission)The image is of McLendon-Chisolm, Texas, which is a city in Rockwall County.

“The best recommendation a man can bring to this country is to curse the one he comes from and to send back a glowing description of Texas. Emigration is what Texas lives off of, and when there is no emigration there is no money here, and when there is a big emigration, of course, they put in circulation a great deal of money. In fact, this is the place to spend money, the place to get swindled out of itthe place for a big prospect, and the place for a total failure.”

Alabama Footprints Confrontation is a collection of lost and forgotten stories that reveals why and how the confrontation between the Native American population and settlers developed into the Creek-Indian War as well as stories of the bravery and heroism of participants from both sides.

Some stores include:

  • Tecumseh Causes Earthquake
  • Terrified Settlers Abandon Farms
  • Survivor Stories From Fort Mims Massacre
  • Hillabee Massacre
  • Threat of Starvation Men Turn To Mutiny
  • Red Eagle After The War

ALABAMA FOOTPRINTS Confrontation: Lost & Forgotten Stories (Paperback)
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ALABAMA FOOTPRINTS Confrontation: Lost & Forgotten Stories (Paperback)

By (author):  Causey, Donna R

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About Donna R Causey

Donna R. Causey, resident of Alabama, was a teacher in the public school system for twenty years. When she retired, Donna found time to focus on her lifetime passion for historical writing. She developed the websites www.alabamapioneers and All her books can be purchased at and Barnes & Noble. She has authored numerous genealogy books. RIBBON OF LOVE: A Novel Of Colonial America (TAPESTRY OF LOVE) is her first novel in the Tapestry of Love about her family where she uses actual characters, facts, dates and places to create a story about life as it might have happened in colonial Virginia. Faith and Courage: Tapestry of Love (Volume 2) is the second book and the third FreeHearts: A Novel of Colonial America (Book 3 in the Tapestry of Love Series) Discordance: The Cottinghams (Volume 1) is the continuation of the story. . For a complete list of books, visit Donna R Causey

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