der Union" MonumentLocation:
Street between 3rd and 4th,
der Union" Monument in Comfort|
der Union" Monument
Near the High School. High Street between 3rd and 4th.
This memorial is for
German settlers who were established here, but were killed on their way to Mexico
during the Civil War. They were attacked by Confederate forces near Brackettville
on August 10, 1862. The bodies were not buried and the bones were retrieved and
placed here in 1865. The monument was erected in 1866. The incident shares several
similarities to the Bandera
Tragedy Tree incident.
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Der Union (Loyalty to the Union)This
German language monument, erected 1866, honors the memory of 68 men (mostly Germans)
from this region who were loyal to the Union during the Civil War. Trying desperately
to reach U.S. Federal troops by way of Mexico,
about 40 of the men were killed by vengeful Confederates bent on annihilating
them, in the Battle of the Nueces (on Aug. 10, 1862) and a later fight (Oct. 18).
The bodies of the slain and those who drowned swimming the Rio Grande were left
unburied. A group of Germans gathered the bones of their friends and buried them
at this site in 1865.
is said that only this monument and Arlington National Cemetery are permitted
to fly the American flag at half staff the year round.
TE photo, 2008
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