Jones Park hosting Living History Teach Workshop

Jones Park is having a Living History Teach Workshop on Saturday, October 9 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Registration for this program begins on Monday, September 13.  Teachers are able to earn CPE credits for no charge at this event and learn about the lives of Civil war soldiers.
Teachers and visitors of all ages [...]

Civil War vet done in by drug-store’s soda

C?harlie Butts survived four years of Civil War battles, from Missouri to Georgia, only to be done in by a lethal drug-store soda.
Charles Montgomery Butts, a Georgia native, worked as a night policeman in 1895 for the city of Longview. Butts “had a key and was allowed access to Sparkman’s drug store and soda fountain,” [...]

Texas Trails: Custer in Texas

It’s not hard to figure that Gen. George Armstrong Custer’s time in Texas was controversial and paradoxical. His entire military career was that way, starting when he graduated last in his class at West Point in 1861, until the bitter end at Little Big Horn in 1875. Custer stirred controversy and debate in his own [...]

Austin woman honors great-uncle who served in Civil War

Captured by the Confederate Army, Thomas Vandegrift was among thousands of Union soldiers in an overcrowded Georgia prison camp.
When he was captured in June 1864, Vandegrift — who had left his family’s home in Red Rock Township, east of Austin, to join the Army — tucked $40 under his shirt and suspenders, avoiding detection by [...]

Mathew Brady photo of John Pelham to be auctioned in Dallas

An original Mathew Brady photo of John Pelham, the Confederate lieutenant colonel for whom the Alabama city is named, is up for auction.
The 4½ by 6-inch ambrotype image of Pelham, taken about 1858 by the famed Civil War-era photographer, has been consigned to a Dallas auction house by Pelham’s great-great grandnephew, Thomas Rogers of DeKalb, Miss. [...]

Juneteenth Celebration at Community Center on June 19

The Georgetown Cultural Citizen Memorial Association presents a Juneteenth celebration on Saturday, June 19 at the Community Center in San Gabriel Park. This is the 58th annual Juneteenth celebration in Georgetown sponsored by the Georgetown Cultural Citizen Memorial Association.
Proceeds of the Juneteenth event in Georgetown will benefit the Willie Hall Center, the Shotgun House Museum, [...]

Crump helped build Lubbock, Shallowater after serving in Civil War

Lubbock’s history, wider than West Texas, has been built by families who converged here from all points of the nation.
And some of the leaders of the pioneer families were giants for their time. Judge William D. “Will” Crump, third judge of Lubbock County, was one of those.
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Questions linger regarding Confederate statues at UT

The revelation that a 55-year-old dormitory at the University of Texas is named for a leader of the Ku Klux Klan has prompted questions about whether the university has done enough to confront its racial history.
UT has sponsored an annual symposium for years honoring the first black student at the School of Law. It has [...]

Textbook battle goes late and loud

An expansion of what Texas public schools teach about the Confederacy’s rationale for secession – from a speech that didn’t mention slavery — was just another battle in the State Board of Education’s own civil war as the panel edged closer early Friday to adopting controversial new social studies curriculum standards.
The board approved a new [...]

In Limestone County sits sacred ground devoted to Confederates

Shortly after the Civil War, veterans of the North and South alike wished to celebrate the kinship and memory of their war experiences and sacrifices. Small groups of Limestone County Confederate veterans met informally to socialize and reminisce.
By 1888 they had begun to meet annually along Jacks Creek near where it intersects the Navasota River, [...]