Discussion in 'The Civil War Traveler's Companion' started by bdtex, Jan 29, 2017.
Items of local interest:
His collection in many ways rivals the Civil War Museum in Fort Worth - if you haven't visited it, you should. It has the added benefit of displaying flags and ladies dresses from the Texas UDC.
Have you been to the American Freedom Museum James? I have not been to the one in Fort Worth yet. It's a large blip on the radar though.
One of the most interesting exhibits to me was a display of artifacts from the Battle Of New Market:
Took some other pics at the American Freedom Museum but I'm not gonna post them all. Gotta leave something to the imagination of those who have not been there. The next destination was Rusk,Cherokee County,Texas. I had originally intended to also check out a cemetery in Jacksonville,Texas but was at the American Freedom Museum longer than I had anticipated. Between Bullard and Jacksonville is a roadside rest area officially called Love's Lookout. Locals also call it Lookout Mountain. I hadn't been up there in years and the weather was great. Visibility was excellent.
The next stop was the Heritage Center of Cherokee County,Texas in Rusk. They have a Facebook page but not a website yet:
There is one display case of Civil War artifacts in the Heritage Center:
Thumbnail pics of some of the items in the display case:
Coupla other items of local Civil War interest I saw there.
A block from the Heritage Center is the Cherokee County Courthouse. 1907 UDC Monument to Cherokee County Confederate Veterans on the courthouse grounds:
Another marker on the courthouse grounds:
One more marker just outside of town:
When I was talking to the Heritage Center curator she asked me about my kin in Cherokee County and I gave her the family names and where they lived and where some are buried and that 2 were from Co. K,18th Texas Infantry which formed in Cherokee County. She told me that a coupla fellas had been there a week or 2 earlier doing research for a project on another Texas Regiment. When she told me which regiment I suspected I knew one of the fellas because I know he has an interest in that regiment. Not gonna say which regiment. Don't wanna steal his thunder. Sure enough,when she told me the fellas' names one is a new member of this forum. He's also a fellow member of the Houston Civil War Round Table and attendee of the Hood's Texas Brigade Association Re-activated Symposiums and annual Jefferson Civil War Symposiums. @J. D. Stevens
Great stuff....can't imagine buying up so much stuff that I could open my own museum. On second thought, if I had the money I could.
You and me, both.
That's just some of the Civil War stuff too. There's more plus lots of stuff from the American Revolution all the way to Iraq and Afghanistan.
I have not gotten the hang of posting a "reply" on the forum. Its obvious clicking on the wrong buttons is not doing what I expect. Also, how do you make the list of your ancestors which is attached to a post?
Anyway, thanks bdtex for the kind words. William Bozic has been researching Likens 35th Texas Cavalry Regiment (not to be confused with Brown's 35th Tx Cavalry) for over 20 years. We traveled up to Rusk at the invitation of the Heritage Center of Cherokee County curator, Betty Marcontell. This lady and her husband deserves more praise than I am capable of expressing. She spent most of a Sunday opening up the museum for us and taking us to meet descendants of three veterans of the regiment she had located. Two companies were organized in Cherokee County. One gentleman was dressed in his full regalia of a southern general complete with authentic sword. Another descendant provided us with copies of two previously unknown letters written to the mother of Pvt Charley Blankenship, Co F, 35th Tx Cav. He died of illness in February 1864 on the Texas coast near Matagorda Bay. We can read history books all day long, but only CW letters of this type provide us a real feel for what so many of our ancestors had to endure.
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