The Texas Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War Initiative (2011-2015) encompassed the implementation––through existing Texas Historical Commission (THC) staff and resources––of balanced, inclusive and compelling commemorative projects that showcased THC assets, which tell the story of the State of Texas’ involvement in the American Civil War.
Texas in the Civil War brochure updated
On September 8, 2013 the THC released an update to the Texas in the Civil War brochure at the THC’s Sabine Pass Battleground State Historic Site during the sesquicentennial commemoration of the historic Second Battle of Sabine Pass on September 8, 1863. View the 2013 update of the Texas in the Civil War brochure (PDF) today.
The 2013 update is a digital, non-print piece, and has increased the size of the 2002 edition from 24 to 36 pages. The update includes information on Sabine Pass Battleground and seven additional THC state historic sites associated with the Civil War, the Texas Civil War Monument series, Palmito Ranch Battlefield National Historic Landmark, and much more.
Out of print today, you can still download and read a copy of the 2002 edition of the Texas in the Civil War brochure (PDF).
Palmito Ranch Battlefield NHL
Since 2007, the THC has been hard at work researching and partnering with local, statewide, and national partners to increase the interpretation of the "Last Land Battle" of the Civil War. To learn more please view the Palmito Ranch Battlefield webpage.
In 2011 and 2012, the THC conducted five regional workshops to increase awareness of the agency's preservation efforts at Palmito Ranch Battlefield. Each workshop provided local hosts with an oppurtunity to present local Civl War historic preservation projects. Funding for the five regional workshops, held in Austin, Laredo, Tyler, Cross Plains and Galveston was made to the Friends of the Texas Historical Commission through two generous grants from the Society of the Order of the Southern Cross.
Texas Civil War Monuments Fund
In November 1961, the Texas Civil War Centennial Commission and the Texas State Historical Survey Committee initiated a commemorative series of granite monuments by dedicating the first and largest of the original Centennial monuments at the Vicksburg National Military Park (Mississippi). This monument and those that followed during the Cetennial on battlefields across the nation, preserved the memories of the contributions made by our state’s military units during the Civil War. Starting in 1998, and with greater frequency over the past five years, the THC has continued the series. What to learn more and how you can contribute, please visit the Texas Civil War Monuments webpage.
The THC’s State Historic Sites Division highlights agency sites’ connections and histories related to the Civil War. To learn more about the multiple THC sites associated with Texas' role in the American Civil War please visit the 'Our Stories' sections of such sites as Sabine Pass Battleground State Historic Site (pictured), Magoffin Home State Historic Site, Varner-Hogg Plantation State Historic Site and several others.
150th Anniversary Commemoration of Juneteenth in Galveston: June 19, 2015
The Galveston Historical Foundation and the Galveston County Historical Commission raised funds to pay for and submitted an application for a new Official Texas Historical Marker for "Juneteenth" in early 2014 The marker was officially dedicated on June 21, 2014 in downtown Galveston near 22nd and Strand. To read the marker's inscription click here.
Download a free copy of the African Americans in Texas: A Lasting Legacy booklet (PDF) or visit www.africanamericansintexas.com.