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While much of the fighting in the Civil War took place east of Texas, the War Between the States is remarkably vivid in this state. Every region has its Civil War tales to tell. One of the country's best Civil War museums is here, along with restored plantations and battlefield buildings. A visit to those battlefields may include encounters with passionate re-enactors. Festivals, balls, and other living history opportunities await for historians ready to leave their armchairs and hit the road.
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210 S Dixon St, Gainesville, TX 76240, USA
When you arrive in Gainesville, a quintessential small American town and walk its streets, stores and friendly residents, you may feel like little has changed since Civil War days. The city was just over a decade old when the war began, having...
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2013 Broadway Avenue J, Galveston, TX 77550, USA
The Emancipation Proclamation was announced in Texas in Galveston on June 19, 1863 and Texas’s famous "Juneteenth" celebrations continue to commemorate the day across the state. Among those who would have celebrated more than a century ago were...
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117 E Bowie St, Marshall, TX 75670, USA
Marshall in Harrison County was once a huge cotton center, settled by planters who moved here from other Southern states. Founded in 1841, the town has a wealth of Civil War-era connections, many of which are covered by the displays at the...
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407 W Travis St, Marshall, TX 75670, USA
Although Maplecroft, the main family home of Dr. James and Harriet Starr, was built in 1871 after the end of the Civil War. After serving as a Confederate postmaster, James Starr built his home and fortune during the Reconstruction era. The...
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301 S Ann St, Port Lavaca, TX 77979, USA
While few Civil War battles were fought on Texas soil, a key Union strategy—the blockade of Southern ports—played out in the waters off of Texas. During the Civil War, Port Lavaca (then an important commercial cotton and naval port) withstood...
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FM 1633, Mexia, TX 76667, USA
The Confederate Reunion Grounds State Historic Site was long a historic meeting and camping site for veterans of the Civil War and their families. From 1889 to 1946, the site hosted four-day reunion gatherings in mid-summer which were bookended at...
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704 Zorn St, Seguin, TX 78155, USA
During Reconstruction after the Civil War, many Texan African-Americans started their own businesses. This chapter of Post Civil War Reconstruction era Texas History is told at both the Civil War era Sebastopol House and at the Seguin-Guadalupe...
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1702 N 13th St, West Columbia, TX 77486, USA
The Varner-Hogg Plantation State Historic Site in West Columbia is a former sugar plantation that comprises a restored Greek Revival Great House, landscaped grounds, sugarcane mill ruin, the site of slave quarters, and a pecan orchard. The...
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The site of a famed midnight battle during which Confederate forces beat back a Union invasion, Fort Lancaster was occupied by Texas troops for the entire Civil War era. The site was a massive city-within-a-fort and the ruins include the ghostly...
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302, 314 Spruce St, Mason, TX 76856, USA
While Fort Mason, a U.S. Army frontier outpost, was abandoned before the Civil War, it has strong Civil War ties as it was the last U.S. Army command post for Robert E. Lee, who subsequently led the Confederate forces during the War. In Civil War...
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1100 Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701, USA
The Austin State Cemetery is the last resting place of many Civil War veterans including General Albert Sidney Johnston, the highest ranking officer (among both Union and Confederate forces) killed during the war. Johnston's memorial, created by...
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6100 Dolewood Rd, Sabine Pass, TX 77655, USA
The 58-acre Sabine Pass Battleground State Historic Site is located where one of Texas's most important battles in the Civil War took place. Here a Union attack on Sabine Pass, which connects Sabine Lake with the Gulf of Mexico, was defeated. In...
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760 Jim Wright Fwy, White Settlement, TX 76108, USA
The Texas Civil War Museum in Fort Worth is a treasure trove of over 15,000 square feet of Civil War-era exhibition space—the largest Civil War museum west of the Mississippi River. Three separate galleries include the famed Ray Richey Civil War...