|Wiley College Choir|
Becky had asked me to speak on the Regulator-Moderator War, which originated in newly-organized Harrison County late in 1840. I wrote a book on this subject, Regulators vs. Moderators, War in East Texas, which was published in 2006 in conjunction with the East Texas Historical Association. Texas was the site of more blood feuds than any other state or territory, enduring these conflicts for more than 70 years. The Regulator-Moderator War was the first blood feud in Texas, and the most murderous. Thirty-one men were killed during the Regulator-Moderator War, more than in any other blood feud in America. “Only” eight of the 31 victims were slain in Harrison County, but they included Robert Potter, who signed the Texas Declaration of Independence and who served the Republic as secretary of the navy and as senator. Although a controversial, contentious individual, Potter was the most prominent man killed in the Regulator-Moderator War. But Sheriff John B. Campbell also was gunned down, and so were Peter Whetstone, founder of Marshall, and Judge John Hansford, who was assassinated by a Regulator posse in front of his wife.
When the conflict climaxed in Shelby County in 1844, more than 100 Harrison County men rode in to reinforce the Regulators around Shelbyville. There also were Harrison County reinforcements for the Moderators. During the final maneuvers in Shelby County, there were approximately 200 Regulators aligned against 100 Moderators. President Sam Houston and 600 members of the Texas militia finally dispersed the Regulator and Moderator forces in 1844, although vendetta killings common to blood feuds occasionally occurred during the next few years. The program was well received, and I was interviewed on the spot by Fran Hurley of KMHT Radio in Marshall.
|With members of the Panola College Texas history class|
|Receiving a T-shirt from Callie Wright, President of the|
Panola College History Club
|With Carson Joines|