For Immediate Release: 08/31/12
Media Advisory: Texas Historical Commission to Dedicate New Memorial at Second Manassas
(Manassas, Va.) – The Texas Historical Commission (THC) will dedicate a monument Thursday, September 6, 2012, at 10am (E.S.T.) to Texas troops in Hood’s Texas Brigade who fought in the Battle of Second Manassas, Virginia, August 28-30, 1862. At this battlefield, Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia won the decisive battle of the Northern Virginia Campaign. On the third day of battle (August 30th) Hood’s Texas Brigade contributed significantly to the collapse of the Union left flank which forced its retreat, opening the way for a Confederate invasion of Maryland.
The monument, placed through the THC’s Texas Civil War Monuments Fund, is the fifth in a series of distinctive granite memorials erected as Texans observes the Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War (2011–2015). Efforts to obtain the monument were led by the THC and the Friends of the Texas Historical Commission. Donors to the monument project include private contributors, the Austin Civil War Roundtable, the Hood’s Texas Brigade Association, Re-Activated, and the Civil War Trust.
Continuing the tradition begun in the 1960s by the Texas Civil War Centennial Commission and the Texas State Historical Survey Committee (the THC’s predecessor), the THC seeks to commemorate the contributions of Texas’ military units during the war. To date, the THC has provided monuments at key Civil War sites including Vicksburg, Shiloh, Antietam, Gettysburg, Chickamauga, The Wilderness, Bentonville, Kennesaw Mountain, and Mansfield. Most recently, the agency has placed monuments in Galveston, Texas; Raymond and Corinth, MS; Rowletts and Richmond, KY; and Gaines’ Mill, Virginia.
Joining THC representatives as speakers at the dedication are: President James Lighthizer of the Civil War Trust; Rick Eiserman of Hood’s Texas Brigade Association, Re-activated, and Manassas National Battlefield Park Superintendent Ed Clark.
The dedication site is on Chinn Ridge near Stop 10 (Hazel Plain) on the park’s driving tour, less than one mile southwest of the Manassas National Battlefield Park’s Henry Hill visitor center at 6511 Sudley Road. Attendees may follow directional signage from the visitor center, or call the Civil War Trust at (202) 367-1861 ext. 7230 for directions.
WHAT: Dedication of Texas Monument on the Second Manassas Battlefield
WHEN: September 6, 2012 at 10:00 a.m.
WHERE: Chinn Ridge, Second Manassas Battlefield
COST: Free and open to the public
For more information about the Texas Civil War Monuments Fund contact the THC’s Military Historian William McWhorter at 512.463.5833 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Civil War Trust is the largest nonprofit battlefield preservation organization in the United States. Its mission is to preserve our nation’s remaining Civil War battlefields and to promote appreciation of these hallowed grounds through education and heritage tourism. Since 1987, the organization has helped save more than 32,000 acres of battlefield land in 20 states. Learn more by visiting www.civilwar.org, the home of the Sesquicentennial.