2013 seems a lifetime ago, but that’s when the Granbury Opera House restoration and expansion was completed. It is beautiful and provides a fantastic venue for Granbury Theatre Company productions! ... See MoreSee Less
The Nueces Massacre. A Texas story not told very much.On this day in 1862, several dozen Hill Country men, mostly German Texans, were camped along the banks of the Nueces River. Most of them refused to fight for the Confederacy— as new citizens, some had recently sworn an oath to the United States—and were on the run toward Mexico, where they hoped to join Union forces.
However, a group of Confederate soldiers came upon their camp and began firing. 19 of the Unionists were killed. Hours later, nine wounded men were taken outside camp and executed. Later, eight more men were caught trying to escape across the Rio Grande. They, too, were executed.
It wasn’t until after the war’s end that the Union group received a burial. Local citizens, guided by survivors, gathered the remains, buried them in a common grave in Comfort, and built a monument. The monument is inscribed in German, “Treue der Union”: loyalty to the Union.
This event was the Nueces Massacre. One historian called it “a crime unjustified by even the rules of savage warfare.” It struck fear into Germans across Texas. German immigration to the state halted, and many Germans already in Texas fled north or to Mexico. ... See MoreSee Less