Texas Civil War Monuments

Officials with the Texas Historical Commission are in a small town in Kentucky today, to dedicate a monument to Texas troops who fought and died there, during a battle in the first year of the Civil War. Jim Bell has that story.

It was the Battle of Rowletts Station, fought on December 17th 1861 in the town of Rowletts, Kentucky. It wasn't a major battle, as Civil War battles go, neither side won, but Texas troops were killed and wounded there. To remember those men, the Texas Historical Commission has placed a monument to them on that battle field. William McWhorter is the Commission's military historian, and he went to Kentucky today to dedicate that monument. McWhorter says this program started in 1961, on the centennial of the Civil War.

"From 1961 to 1965, approximately eleven monuments were placed. Then in 1998, a monument was placed in Galveston. In 2002, one in Raymond Mississippi."

McWhorter says he hopes to dedicate another Texas troop monument next year in Richmond Kentucky, and another at the Shiloh Battlefield in Tennessee. Why do they do this?

"The goal of this series is to preserve the history and promote heritage tourism of sites where Texas forces fought during the battles of the Civil War."

McWhorter says this program is also part of the lead up to the Civil War Sesquicentennial that begins in 2011.

Jim Bell, KUHF, Houston Public Radio News.