Tag Archives: Texas Capitol

Fording the Pecos

river crossing 500Via the Texas State Preservation Board’s Online Gallery, which says:

“Fording the Pecos River was painted in 1857 or 1858 during Captain John Pope’s artesian well expedition on the Llano Estacado and Jornado Del Muerto of Texas and New Mexico from January 1855 to June 1858. In 1857, Secretary of War John B. Floyd designated Harry S. Sindall (life dates unknown) to be Pope’s expedition artist.”

Ode to the Confederacy

confederateHere’s another monument on the Texas Capitol lawn that irritates the hell out of the PC crowd. That’s Confederate President Jefferson Davis on the top.

Texas Capitol

ten_commandmentsThe fabled Ten Commandments monument on the Texas Capitol lawn that has, since its erection in 1961, periodically driven atheists and the ACLU mad. Heh.

The Twin Sisters

For years I quite mistakenly thought the two squat little mortars that guarded either side of the main doors at the south side of the Texas Capitol were the famous Twin Sisters. The ones used to fire handfulls of musket balls, broken glass and busted horseshoes at the Mexican soldados in the Battle of San Jacinto in 1836. Whatever they were (and I think they were removed during the Capitol renovations in the 1990s), they weren’t the "sisters." Texana author Mike Cox reminds me the real ones are still lost, buried somewhere in either Houston or Harrisburg in East Texas at the end of the Civil War. So replicas at the battlefield park are all there are for the present.

Terry’s Texas Rangers

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The equestrian memorial to Terry’s Texas Rangers on the south lawn of the Capitol. They weren’t actually Texas Rangers, but a Confederate unit with the Army of the Tennessee whose troopers wore the lone star on their slouch hats–also known as the Eighth Texas Cavalry Regiment. One of the troopers was George W. Littlefield, who became prominent after the war as a rancher, banker and benefactor of the University of Texas.