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Alleyton, C. S. A.

⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀State of Texas ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀Erected in 1963 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀Alleyton, C. S. A. ⠀⠀⠀BORN AS WAR CLOUDS GATHERED, ALLEYTON WAS A KEY POINT ON THE SUPPLY LINE OF THE CONFEDERATE STATES OF AMERICAN DURING THE CIVIL ...

⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀State of Texas
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀Erected in 1963

⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀Alleyton, C. S. A.

⠀⠀BORN AS WAR CLOUDS GATHERED, ALLEYTON WAS A KEY POINT ON THE SUPPLY LINE OF THE CONFEDERATE STATES OF AMERICAN DURING THE CIVIL WAR.
⠀⠀ IT WAS BOTH BEGINNING AND END OF THE COTTON ROAD LEADING TO THE CONFEDERACY'S BACK DOOR ON THE RIO GRANDE RIVER.
⠀⠀⠀BY 1860 THE BUFFALO BAYOU, BRAZOS AND COLORADO RAILROAD EXTENDED FROM HARRISBURG, NEAR HOUSTON, TO ALLEYTON.⠀⠀ AS A RAILHEAD ALLEYTON BECAME THE SITE OF AN IMPORTANT COTTON STATION AND QUARTERMASTER DEPOT DURING THE WAR.
⠀⠀⠀COTTON CAME HERE FROM NORTH AND EAST TEXAS.⠀⠀ FROM LOUISIANA, AND FROM ARKANSAS ON THE RAILS OF THE B.B.B. & C. AND VIA WAGON ROADS. FROM ALLEYTON THE SOUTH'S MOST PRECIOUS TRADING COMMODITY WAS CARRIED TO A POINT ON THE COLORADO RIVER ACROSS FROM COLUMBUS.⠀⠀ IT WAS THEN FERRIED ACROSS FOR THE START OF A LONG, TORTUOUS JOURNEY TO THE RIO GRANDE.⠀⠀ THE BALES OF COTTON WERE HAULED ON BIG-BEDDED WAGONS AND HIGH-WHEELED MEXICAN CARTS, PULLED BY MULES, HORSES OR OXEN.
⠀⠀⠀THE COTTON ROAD LED TO GOLIAD, SAN PATRICIO, THE KING RANCH AND FINALLY TO BROWNSVILLE.⠀⠀ SHREDS OF WHITE FLUFF ON BUSH AND CACTUS MARKED THE TRAIL OF THE WAGON TRAINS.⠀⠀ FROM BROWNSVILLE THE COTTON WAS TAKEN ACROSS THE RIVER TO MATAMOROS, MEXICO AND SUBSEQUENTLY PLACED ON BOARD SHIPS BOUND FOR EUROPE.⠀⠀ AS THE ONLY MAJOR GAP IN THE FEDERAL NAVAL BLOCKADE OF THE CONFEDERACY, NEUTRAL MATAMOROS WAS THE PLACE OF EXCHANGE FOR OUTGOING COTTON AND IMPORTED MUNITIONS, CLOTHING AND MEDICINE.
⠀⠀WHEN FEDERAL FORCES TOOK VICKSBURG IN 1863 THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER WAS SEALED OFF AND THE CONFEDERACY DIVIDED.⠀⠀ THE TEXAS-MEXICO TRADE ROUTES BECAME THE SOUTH'S MAJOR MILITARY SUPPLY LINES IN THE TRANS-MISSISSIPPI WEST.
⠀⠀ALLEYTON WAS A MAIN DESTINATION OF THE WAGON TRAINS RETURNING FROM THE RIO GRANDE.⠀⠀ RIFLES, SWORDS, SHIRTS, PANTS, ALUM, ARROWROOT AND OTHER ITEMS NEEDED BY SOLDIER AND CIVILIAN IN THE HARRIED CONFEDERACY WERE UNLOADED HERE FOR NEW DESTINATIONS.

A MEMORIAL TO TEXANS WHO SERVED IN THE CONFEDERACY

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