C.A. Shanks. July 23. 61 Fort Bliss Texas
July 23 1861
Mr C. S. Taylor
Sir you perhaps have learned before this that we arrived here on the glorious old fourth and all in good health and in fine Spirits but we have had cause to change since we arrived here. there is a great deal of murmuring and dissatisfaction in our company owing to the treatment of Our Captain towards us he treats us more like slaves than anything else. Since he has go us mustered into the C.S. Service he is not the man that we took him to be by any means he has paid more attention to the outer man than the inner Regimentals has made a surly dictator in place of a kind captain. no longer than last evening he stuck upon his doore (sic) the following "I want no trash left around my doore a hint to the wise is enough" and it is enough - he has said he did not want loaf
Charles Stanfield Taylor was born in London, England, in 1808. He came to Texas in 1828, settling at Nacogdoches where he opened a mercantile business. The business was soon abandoned in favor of other pursuits.
Charles S. Taylor served as a member of the Nacogdoches ayuntamiento in 1832 and fought in the Battle of Nacogdoches. In 1834 he was elected Alcalde of San Augustine, and was appointed San Augustine Land Commissioner in 1835. Taylor represented the District of Nacogdoches at the First Convention at San Felipe de Austin in Oct. 1832 and was elected as a delegate from Nacogdoches to the Constitutional Convention, where he signed the Texas Declaration of Independence in 1836. He was appointed as Chief Justice of Nacogdoches County in 1837 by Sam Houston. Mr. Taylor served two terms as County Treasurer, 1850-54. After having been licensed to practice law in the Republic of Texas in 1839, Taylor remained very active in the profession for the remainder of his life, and was elected Chief Justice of Nacogdoches County in 1860, until his death on Nov. 1, 1865.
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Most of the documents in the Charles S. Taylor Papers are in English although there are quite a few in Spanish and some in French. A large number of documents are from the period of the Texas Republic.
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