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In Collection: Artifacts Collection
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Title: Walking stick, Joseph D. Sayers
Description: Walking stick designed like a prickly branch. Small brass plaque on the head. Plaque reads: A.W. Terrell to Jos. D. Sayers, April 1894.
Description: Historical Note: This walking stick belonged to Joseph D. Sayers and was presented to him by A.W. Terrell. Joseph Draper Sayers was born in Grenada, Mississippi, on September 23, 1841. In 1851 he moved with his father to Bastrop, Texas, where he attended Bastrop Military Institute from 1852 to 1860. In 1861 he joined the Fifth Regiment, Mounted Volunteers, C.S.A. He reached the rank of major in 1864 and was assigned to the staff of General Thomas Green. He was paroled at Meridian, Mississippi, on May 10, 1865, and returned to Bastrop to teach and study law at night. Sayers served one term as lieutenant governor, 1879–1881. Sayers received support from Edward M. House in his campaign against Martin M. Crane for governor in 1898; he was elected in 1898 and again in 1900. He died on May 15, 1929, and was buried in Bastrop. Alexander Watkins Terrell, jurist, Civil War officer, and statesman was born in Patrick County, Virginia, probably on November 3, 1827. He was admitted to the bar in 1849 and practiced law in St. Joseph, Missouri, until 1852, when he moved to Austin, Texas. There he soon won a reputation as a courtroom protagonist of great astuteness and skill. Terrell was elected judge of the state's Second District in 1857. Upon the expiration of his judicial term in 1863, however, he joined the First Texas Cavalry Regiment, Arizona Brigade, of the Confederate Army, as a major. Within two years he was assigned the rank of brigadier general by Gen. E. Kirby Smith, commander of the Trans-Mississippi Department, but the war ended before his promotion was confirmed. As commander of what came to be called Terrell's Texas Cavalry Regiment, he participated with distinction in the battles of Mansfield and Pleasant Hill during the campaign in northern Louisiana against Gen. Nathaniel P. Banks. After the war, he entered the Texas Senate, where he served four terms (1876–1884), and later he served four years in the state House of Representatives (1891–1892, 1903–1905). Terrell died in Mineral Wells, Texas, on September 8 or 9, 1912, while on the way home from visiting family in Virginia. He was buried in the State Cemetery in Austin. Terrell County is named in his honor.
Item identifier: ATF0496
Collection: Artifacts collection
Date of creation: 1894
Source: Texas State Library and Archives Commission, 1968/126
Subject: Sayers, Joseph Draper, 1841-1929
Subject: Texas. Governor
Type: Stick, Walking
Medium: Wood (plant material)
Citation information: ATF0496, Artifacts collection. Archives and Information Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
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Size or duration: 38 in x 4 in x 1 in