The last battle of the Civil War was fought in Texas at the Battle of Palmito Ranch on May 13, 1865, weeks after Robert E. Lee and Joseph E. Johnston surrendered their armies in the east.
Texans have gone to great lengths to memorialize their Confederate dead. Several cities and 26 counties in Texas have been named for Confederate generals. Many of these namesake locations are associated with generals under which my Great Grandfather Nathan R. Oakes served,* including (John B.) Hood County (as well as Fort Hood), in addition to the towns of (Patrick R.) Cleburne and (Hiram B.) Granbury. Monuments, statues, and plaques are ubiquitous, from the statehouse and the campus of the University of Texas, to small town squares like the one in the town in which I live.
Photo by Mark Dolan, 2014Commemorative plaque on the main floor of the Texas State Capital Building
Photo by Mark Dolan, 2014The Confederate Soldiers Monument on the south grounds of the Texas State Capitol.
A statue of President Jefferson Davis stands at the top with 4 statues below,
each representing the infantry, cavalry, artillery, and navy.
Photo by Mark Dolan, 2014One of the inscriptions on the base of the Confederate Soldiers Monument,
erected in 1901 by survivors and comrades.
* While he served in a Mississippi regiment, the 32nd Mississippi Infantry, Great Grandfather Nathan Oakes moved to Texas years after the war. He is buried in the Santa Ana Cemetery in Coleman County.