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Oldham Was A Thorn In Confederacy’s Side

In a speech to the Confederate senate on September 4, 1862, William Simpson Oldham condemned conscription with the argument that the draft was wrong under any circumstances.

During the Civil War, the Tennessee native turned the tables on Richmond insisting states’ rights took precedence even in wartime and repeatedly railed against what he called “the battering ram of executive influence.”  Following the collapse of the Confederacy, Oldham went into exile in Mexico and later Canada before coming back to Texas in 1866.  He died two years later in Houston of typhoid fever.