Civil War in Texas
Civil War Trails in Texas on Facebook - Plans for driving trails, interpretive markers and colorful "trailblazers" will soon “link” together the entire history of the Civil War era throughout Texas; not only its battle sites but also its cultural, social and political civil war stories.
Let me tell you what is coming. After the sacrifice of countless millions of treasure and hundreds of thousands of lives, you may win Southern independence if God be not against you, but I doubt it. I tell you that, while I believe with you in the doctrine of states rights, the North is determined to preserve this Union. - Sam Houston
In 1882, when Texas governor Big Jim Hogg had a daughter, he decided to name her after an epic Civil War poem that her uncle had written. Unfortunately, the heroine was called Ima. “My grandfather Stinson lived 15 miles from Mineola and news traveled slowly,” she wrote later. “When he learned of his granddaughter’s name he came trotting to town as fast as he could to protest but it was too late. The christening had taken place, and Ima I was to remain.”
Although not as well known as someone like Wild Bill Hickok or Wyatt Earp, Dallas Stoudenmire was a feared lawman in his day, and is known for participating in more gunfights than most of his contemporaries. After being wounded several times while fighting in the Civil War, Stoudenmire moved to the lawless city of El Paso, Texas to serve as sheriff. Only three days into his tenure, he became involved in one of the West’s most legendary battles, what is common known as the “Four Dead in Five Seco
In 1864, Cynthia Ann Parker's daughter, Prairie Flower, caught influenza and died of pneumonia causing extreme grief to Cynthia who also had lost contact with her sons. When a loved relative died in the Civil War, Cynthia never fully recovered. She died in 1870. Buried in Foster Cemetery, Texas. Her son, Quanah Parker, moved her in 1910 to Post Oak Mission Cemetery, Oklahoma. He was buried there in Feb. 1911. Cynthia and Quanah were moved in 1957 to the Fort Sill Post Cemetery, Oklahoma.
Campbell-Hoermann Log Cabin (1850) - Post-Civil War Texas was a land of opportunity due to a vast amount of farming & grazing land, coupled with the newly built railroads. Many immigrants came here to start a new and hopefully prosperous life. John Campbell, an immigrant from Ireland, built a one-room cabin that he later enlarged for his twenty-three family members when they came to Texas around 1850. Has interesting artifacts, including a 145 year-old quilt and a 1908 icebox. 211 E. Live Oak
Handmade banjo used during the Civil War by Capt. James Pinckney Thomas. The drum is made of bobcat skin. Capt. Thomas served in Company "E", 18 th Texas Cavalry led by John D. Coit under Gen. Granberry, Clebourne Division. It is said of him, "He did more good with that banjo than many a preacher, when he kept the boys in camp nights, with his playing and singing." Dallas Historical Society.
Zachary Taylor 1875 Issue-5c. - On June 2, 1890 the US Post Office issued a brown 5-cent Postage stamp honoring Ulysses S. Grant. It was the first US Postage stamp to depict the former President and Civil War General. This issue was released exactly twenty-five years after Gen. Edmond Kirby Smith’s surrender of the last major Confederate army at Galveston, Texas, on June 2, 1865. The issue was printed by the American Bank Note Company.
Howell "Doc" Rayburn - 12th Texas Cavalry, CSA. Called the most dangerous man in Arkansas during the Civil War. Good looks, long blond hair and blue eyes, he was only 21 yrs of age and weighed barely 100 pounds. Separated and trapped behind enemy lines, Howell recruited his own company - young boys about his age - that became known as the Phantom Unit for their daring exploits and ability to appear out of nowhere and pounce on unsuspecting federals.
The location of a significant Civil War battlefield, Sabine Pass Battleground State Historic Site honors a small band of heroic Confederate soldiers that defeated four Union gunboats and prevented Union forces from penetrating the Texas interior in 1863. The site features a stately bronze statue of Confederate Lt. Richard “Dick” Dowling, who led the 46 men to victory, and an interpretive pavilion illustrating the story of the battle.
Terry’s Rangers - They were a group of Texans that earned the reputation as one of the most effective mounted regiments in the western theater of the Civil War. The 8th Texas Cavalry, known as Terry’s Texas Rangers, was a group of volunteers for the Confederate States Army. They fought in some 275 engagements in seven states during the four years. www.timstanleypho...
Nottoway Mansion is the largest plantation house in America with 53,000 square feet. The house was originally built in 1859 for John Hampden Randolph and his family of 11 children. The Randolph’s were among the wealthiest of sugarcane plantation owners before the Civil War in all of Louisiana. Randolph and four of his sons left the rest of the family at the plantation during the war to start a cotton plantation in Texas.
Bob Lemmons, Carrizo Springs, Texas. Born a slave about 1850, south of San Antonio. Came to Carrizo Springs during the Civil War with white cattlemen seeking new range. In 1865, with his master was one of the first settlers. Knew Billy the Kid, King Fisher, and other noted bad men of the border. Lange, Dorothea, photographer. 1936 Aug.
Plain cadet gray, Richmond Depot of David A. Marks, Company D, 17th Virginia Infantry. Coleman wore this uniform at Appomattox, April 9, 1865. Image courtesy of Ray Richey, Texas Civil War Museum, Fort Worth, Texas. From Adolphus Confederate Uniforms