Successful War, Honorable Peace, and Texas: The End of the Trans-Mississippi Confederacy

May 8 2015 - 12:00am to May 9 2015 - 12:00am

Chatfield Community Center

(55 miles SE of Dallas off of I-45)

FM 1603
in town
Chatfield, TX

Civil War Sesquicentennial Symposium

In spring 1865, Gov. Pendleton Murrah admonished Texans that only by remaining united and steadfast could they achieve “Successful War” or “Honorable Peace.”  The Symposium will focus on activities in Texas in 1865.

Friday, May 8

  • Pre-Symposium Student Activities & Living History
  • Pre-Symposium Private Dinner with Speakers and Special Lecture

Saturday, May 9

  • Renowned scholars, including Dr. Richard McCaslin, Jeff Hunt, and Dr. Tom Cutrer
  • Exhibits
  • Vendors
  • Catered Lunch
  • Jo Shelby’s Flag and Uniform (Oklahoma Historical Society is loaning a copy of what is reputed to be “The Flag” carried at Chatfield and buried in the Rio Grande.)

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Breakfast with Bearss – Tour original site of Shelby’s “Last Review of the Confederacy,” with the incomparable Ed Bearss         

Co-Sponsored by the Hodge-Martin-Chatfield Historical Museum; the Texas Division, Sons of Confederate Veterans; and William Henry Parsons Camp #415, SCV.

For more information and to register, contact Rob Jones at (903) 654-2066 or

THC Historian(s) attending