Bet Perry would lose his nerve if it came right down to TX leaving the Union. Legislators, too. Takes courage.
They said that about Sam Houston with regards to Mexico, too.
Thing is, Texas has a strange way of bringing out successes in otherwise total failures. He was a failure at life, a drunkard, had no success with women, and both his early and late life were total disasters. But for one brief shining moment, he was the right man in the right place at the right time to kick Santa Ana’s ass.
Much of Texas history is dotted with men who were failures elsewhere who came here and became great successes.