Historic timepiece returned to descendant of war hero

An 1885 Rockford watch with a name and city engraved on the face started a three-month immersion into the history of Brenham.
The watch originally belonged to Civil War hero and Brenham businessman H.W. Graber.

When Johnny comes marching home

The American Civil War, four long, bloody years of American against American, started in April of 1861 and ended in April of 1865.
April is the month in which the Confederate States of America began and ended a four-year struggle for states’ rights, individual freedom, and local government control. In memory and honor of those who [...]

Liberty Hill residents honor Austin mayor who died in Civil War

Two Liberty Hill residents are in Pennsylvania this weekend to honor the memory of Lt. Col Benjamin F. Carter, a former mayor of Austin who died fighting for the Confederate army at the Battle of Gettysburg in 1863. Lana Henley and her husband, Gary, were to participate in a ceremony commemorating Carter’s previously unmarked grave.
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After 145 years, Civil War debate continues for some

The fight has been over now for 145 years, but Johnny Reb and Billy Yank still find time to square off with each other in re-enactments of battles once fought more than a century ago. Thankfully, those horrendous follies of smoke and thunderous noise are now the result of blank loads.
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Milam’s mystery Civil War-era battle still baffles

Before shots were fired at Fort Sumter, the War Between the States almost got its start in San Antonio. At a U.S. military post within the Alamo there was a confrontation between the blue and the gray before the Union commander conceded and turned over arms to the Confederacy.
Despite its dramatic entry into the Civil [...]

A Civil War journal

In early 1861, W.W. Heartsill of Marshall, Texas, marched off to war with W.P. Lane’s Rangers of the Confederate Army. During the four years, one month and one day that he spent at war, Heartsill managed to keep a diary of each day.
Throughout his service, he carried with him a small memorandum book with this [...]

Son of Confederate soldier turning 97

This much is certain: There is no way 14-year-old Ham Wilson, hiding in a cave while being chased by a group of Yankee soldiers in North Carolina in the early years of the Civil War, could have imagined his youngest son would one day be watching ESPN and its coverage of the Super Bowl.
“No, probably [...]

Civil War re-enactment promises exciting action

Soon the smell of black powder, the thunder of horses’ hooves, the roar of cannons and sporadic small arms fire will be echoing across Lake Madison.
The fourth annual Battle for EI Camino Real, a Civil War re-enactment, will be held Feb. 5 -7 at the northern end of Lake Madison in Madisonville, just off North [...]

Replica of Lincoln’s coffin to be on display in Cleburne

After being on a waiting list for four years for a visit from a replica of U.S. President Abraham Lincoln’s coffin, Crosier-Pearson Cleburne Funeral Home’s turn has come.
“It’s especially a big deal because it will be here on President’s Day,” said Carol Wray, funeral director with Crosier-Pearson.

ANOTHER VOICE: Permanently mark Confederate warship

It lies just beneath the surface of the Navidad River’s waters about three miles from Lolita and two miles from the confluence of the Navidad and Lavaca rivers.
“It” is a Civil War-era vessel that was sunk in the river by the Confederates to hinder Union boats navigating up the river. Now, in the 21st century, [...]