It's been a while since we've experienced a good, wholesome armed revolution. We had one a few hundred years ago, birthing our nation. Texas had its own just a a few generations after that, bringing us another nation, and another state. And while the Confederacy faltered during the mid-19th-century, ... More >>
The Texas Supreme Court building is the largest Confederate memorial in the world. Kirk Lyons, a lawyer with the Sons of Confederate Veterans, wants me to know this. He says it, repeats it. At the beginning of the conversation. In the middle. At the end, twice.
"That building is still the largest C ... More >>
Despite Sam Houston's fervent wishes, Texas joined the Confederacy during the Civil War.
Perhaps old Sam would have endorsed the move if he knew it would eventually lead to the phenomenon of confederate-flag bikinis. These bikinis, to be sure, do not promote slavery or racism. Instead they make a m ... More >>
Where's Indy when you need him?We were intrigued by Brittanie Shey's visit to the Camp Logan ruins in Memorial Park last month, so we wondered: Where are the best spots in the Houston area to do some archeological exploring?
We asked Louis Aulbach, one of the best Houston historians, for som ... More >>
Sam Houston said no to thisOn this day 150 years ago, the Texas legislature voted to secede from the Union and join the Confederacy.
Nowadays, of course, we have a governor who daydreams about the seceding, if not (necessarily) the Confederacy part.
So it makes sense to look at how things w ... More >>
We're coming up on the anniversary of the Battle of Galveston. Each January 1 Americans all over the nation celebrate the day by watching football and gorging themselves on leftover party snacks, in memory of the Union and Confederate soldiers who lost their lives.It wasn't exactly Gettysburg out ... More >>
The destruction of U.S.S. Westfield during the Battle of Galveston.As you're nursing your New Year's Hangover, take a moment to think about the soldiers who, 147 years previous, were fighting their brethren on both land and sea in the early part of the Civil War.
The Galveston Historical F ... More >>
Photos by Brittanie SheyEntrance to the Donnellan vault below the Franklin Street BridgeTexas Traveler has spent the better part of the month checking out some of the creepiest, oldest, most interesting parts of Houston and it's neighboring cities, and to wrap up the month we have a few more ... More >>
Aside from the city's namesake, no 19th-Century Houstonian was more famous than Dick Dowling, the Irish-born saloonkeeper/businessman and Confederate war hero. In fact, when city leaders commissioned Houston's very first public monument in 1905, it was Dowling and not Sam Houston who got the hono ... More >>