With the Confederacy in ruins and Yankee occupation just over the horizon, on May 27, 1865 Gov. Pendleton Murrah called the legislature into special session in a futile attempt to adapt to the “new conditions of affairs.”
The last elected Confederate governor hoped to limit the price Texans would pay for fighting with the South, but the lawmakers were a no-show. Leaving Lt. Gov. Fletcher Stockdale in charge, Murrah joined the mass exodus to Mexico but his tuberculosis caught up with him in Monterrey on August 4, 1865.