15th Texas Cavalry Living Historians

15th Texas Cavalry Living Historians The 15th Texas Cavalry, Co A, is a group of living historians who love the smell of a fire pit and gunpowder in the morning!
The 15th Texas Cavalry, Co. A, exists to provide a family friendly AND family safe "War Between the States" reenacting environment for like-minded reenactors.

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Asking for a friend

Asking for a friend

Premium Dad Jokes

Premium Dad Jokes

As I watch this generation try to rewrite history, one thing I'm sure of, it will be misspelled and have no punctuation.

Friends of Confederate Reunion Grounds State Historic Site

Friends of Confederate Reunion Grounds State Historic Site

Hello, everyone. We at the Friends of the CRG want to thank everyone for your continued support. Due to all the uncertainties with policies surrounding COVID-19, and the fact we are at a State run historical site, it was advised that we cancel the event for this year. We have found little option but to do so. However, please plan on joining us the second weekend of October in 2021.

Again, thank you for your understanding. This was not an easy decision to make. Reenactments have been held on the reunion grounds since the veterans themselves made them a part of their reunions in the 1880's. The Friends of the CRG picked up the baton and have been running them for the past 25 years, and we will continue to do so for as long as there are those willing to work to put it on and attend. Please continue your support!

If you wish to help with the Confederate Reunion Grounds, we welcome you to become a member of the Friends group. We will be having our annual membership meeting via Zoom on August 1st. If you are interested, please reach out to us.



Today in Rhode Island history:

1863: A gun used by the First Rhode Island Light Artillery, Battery B, at the Battle of Gettysburg, is struck by a Confederate shell around 1pm, just before General George Pickett's assault on Union lines. Two cannoneers are killed and the gun is badly damaged, with a cannonball jammed in the muzzle.

The Camel Regiment:  A History of the Bloody Forty-Third Mississippi

The Camel Regiment: A History of the Bloody Forty-Third Mississippi

Truths Of History

Truths Of History

It is a fact of humanity that people need a place to go and grieve their loved ones who pass on. Even if a loved one is cremated, the ashes are lovingly preserved somewhere easily accessible or scattered in a specific place that can be returned to. As human beings, we need a place to go grieve, which is why we go to cemeteries where our loved ones are buried and place flowers or mementos for special occasions and do so regularly.
The truth is the people in the South were the same way. The vast majority of Confederate soldiers did not die at home. They died on a battlefield, in a hellish prison camp or in a hospital far from home. Sometimes the bodies were retrieved but that was not the case most of the time. That is the reason the South is salted with Confederate monuments. Our people needed a place to grieve. How can outsiders come to our home and demand gravestones to our fathers be removed? How?
Those monuments have stood for 100+ years. How dare you? How dare you?

Confederate monuments are NOT monuments to white supremacy and you know it. Confederate monuments were not erected to intimidate anyone, and you know it. They were erected for the grieving family members to have a place to grieve and they put them where everyone in the town could have access to them, and see them on a regular basis so as not to forget. We, in the South, do NOT forget.
What you may not know is how the monuments were paid for, erected and dedicated. The majority of the men in the South, did not survive the war and the women, daughters, mothers, wives, sisters, grandmothers and nieces raised the money out of their poverty. Their abject poverty. There are ads in Confederate Veteran magazine that are heart-breaking as it lists the donations from bereaved orphans, wives, and family members of dimes, nickles or quarters. These bereaved persons did without sugar for their tea or butter for their bread in order to raise money to pay for the monuments, which serve as gravestones for their loved ones.

The truth is, the monuments you are removing in our South are gravestones for the ones who did not get to come home. And God will judge you for it. He will. And if you think it does not matter and it was so long ago, consider the Judgement Day. Things will be judged there that "happened in the past". The past does matter.
Stop desecrating our gravestones to our dead fathers in our South.
If you don't like what you see in our South, you are free to go back where you came from. That's the truth.

M. Williams Colorizations

M. Williams Colorizations

Julius Franklin Howell Confedetate Veteran and Commander In Chief of the United Confederate Veterans.

Howell was born January 17th 1846 near the Holy Neck section of Suffolk, in the Holland area. He was the youngest of 16 children, the son of a prominent Baptist minister.

Julius Howell joined the Confederate Army when he was 16 with the consent of his father.

He joined Company "K" 24th Virginia Cavalry on June 8th 1864.

At the battle of Saylor's Creek, Virginia on April 6th 1865 Howell was taken prisoner and he later found himself at Point Lookout, Maryland where he learned of the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln the night before.

He saw action guarding the Blackwater River against the Yankees until his regiment was called up to help defend Richmond in 1864.

By then, he was a Corporal and courier for generals Rodger Pryor and Braxton Bragg.

In April 1865, Howell was taken prisoner at the battle of Sailor’s Creek and was transported to Point Lookout, MD., a notorious Union prison.

It was there he heard about the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln the night before.

After the war, Howell taught at Reynoldson Institute in Gates County, N.C. He soon left teaching and went to the University of Pennsylvania, graduating with a history degree. From there, he went on to Harvard and got a doctorate in history.

Howell was a history professor at the University of Arkansas. He eventually headed the department. In 1901, he was named president of Virginia Intermont College in Bristol, where he served for 50 years.

He later became the state commander of the Tennessee Division United Confedetate Veterans and, in 1940, was named Commander-In-Chief of the national United Confederate Veterans.

In 1942, Life magazine did a spread on Howell. Several photos of the old gentleman show him dressed in his Confederate uniform.

In January 1948, on his 102nd birthday, the city of Bristol threw a party. His old friend, actress Mary Pickford, and her family attended as well as Mrs Hellen Longstreet second wife of Confedetate General James Longstreet.

Howell, who had never been sick a day in his life, died June 19th 1948.

In 1947, at the age of 101, Howell made a rare recording at the Library of
Congress, in which he described his enlistment, sudden capture, and his experience at
Point Lookout on the morning of April 15th, 1865.

Here is that recording.



(If you would like for me to work on a few photos for you I only charge $10 per image.)

Let it fly

Let it fly

Congressman: Remove Confederate traces from West Point
Congressman: Remove Confederate traces from West Point

Congressman: Remove Confederate traces from West Point

A letter, signed by 22 members of Congress, to the Army and Defense secretaries Thursday, argues there shouldn’t be facilities at West Point named for those who “betrayed their Country during the Civil War.”

It's a Southern Thing

It's a Southern Thing

There's nothing like sleeping in the wilderness to make you appreciate the comfort of literally anywhere else.

Herbs of the Torah

Herbs of the Torah

It’s that time , at least here in Texas. 😫🌿

Texas Historical Reenactors

Texas Historical Reenactors

Plans for folding camp tables. Also great for patio tables.....

Texas Memes and Videos

Texas Memes and Videos

Texas Heroes Museum

Texas Heroes Museum

Sorry to interrupt your scrolling, but too many people forget that MEMORIAL DAY isn't just about firing up the grill with friends and family — it's about honoring the service members who've made the ultimate sacrifice to protect our freedoms.

Take time this Memorial Day to think about them.

Josh Pray

Josh Pray

5 Things Texans don’t Joke about

San Felipe de Austin State Historic Site

San Felipe de Austin State Historic Site

Today for #MuseumWeek, we recognize #CultureInQuarantine.

New settlers that were part of Austin’s Colony in Mexican Texas struggled with the health challenge posed by yellow fever epidemics. These outbreaks tended to be seasonal (yellow fever was mosquito-borne) and regional, but could induce dread and panic among settlers because of their unpredictability. While other diseases caused more mayhem and killed more people annually, yellow fever tended to appear unexpectedly and to lay waste to pockets of the population in one fell swoop. For more information about early outbreaks in Texas, see the Handbook of Texas online listing on “Yellow Fever” here (https://tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/scyel).

Stephen F. Austin suffered a particularly personal loss when a yellow fever outbreak claimed his younger brother James E.B. Austin, whom the family called “Brown.” On a trip to New Orleans during the summer of 1829, Brown contracted and quickly succumbed to the dreaded disease, leaving behind his wife of 18 months and a newborn son – Stephen F. Austin, Jr. His burial site is not known, but presumed to be in New Orleans.

A decade after Stephen F. Austin’s death, his cousin - Mary Austin Holley – succumbed to yellow fever in 1846.

#MuseumWeek #MuseumWeek2020 #MuseumsForCulture #MuseumsFromHome #StayHome #ShareCulture

Defending the Heritage

Defending the Heritage

AUH, SUCH A SWEET COUPLE...hope they're enjoying the warm weather down under!

In 1862 Sherman wrote his wife that his purpose in the war would be "extermination, not of soldiers alone, that is the least of the trouble, but the people" of the South.

His loving and gentle wife wrote back that her wish was for "a war of extermination and that all [Southerners] would be driven like swine into the sea. May we carry fire and sword into their states till not one habitation is left standing."


Photo: Sherman and his wife, Julia.

Civil War Soldier Grave Photo’s & Locations

Civil War Soldier Grave Photo’s & Locations

San Felipe de Austin State Historic Site

San Felipe de Austin State Historic Site

San Felipe de Austin SHS Site Educator Eleanor Stoddart answers a question from a student, and reveals evidence of Austins' ownership of at least one dog.

History and Reenacting Memes

History and Reenacting Memes

It can all happen so fast!

--El Capitan

San Felipe de Austin State Historic Site

San Felipe de Austin State Historic Site

Dr. Sarah Chesney, Site Archeologist at San Felipe de Austin State Historic Site, tells us a little more about some of her favorite artifacts on display


Not to be snotty or snitty, but growing up on the Louisiana and Texas Gulf coasts taught my family to always have food, water, gas, medications, first aid supplies, etc. We never depend on the government to come help us. We help us. We rely on the Father and the brain He gave us.

That said, hubby and I are trying to fill in a few gaps we overlooked. How about y’all? What did you not have? What did you run to the store to get as the hysteria hit? Maybe we can help each other fill in the gaps.

I’ll start: B12, canning lids, baking powder.

Canton, Texas Re-enactment 2020

Canton, Texas Re-enactment 2020

We ALL need some good news in the midst of cancellations.....
Mark your calendar for November 20-22, 2020 for the Battle at Mill Creek in Canton, Texas the Civil War Weekend will rage on! Pass it on!

Mill Creek Ranch Resort Canton, Texas Re-enactment 2020 On The Mountain

Lampasas Heritage Foundation, Inc

Lampasas Heritage Foundation, Inc

Did you know there was a connection between Texas and the American Revolutionary War? I know, Texas belonged to Spain at that point, but the land we now call Texas played a large part in winning the war. This is a story you didn’t study in American history.

There was a young man named Thomas Isaac Cox from the colony of Pennsylvania who on his twentieth birthday in 1753 joined the Spanish Army serving in Texas, which was a Spanish colony from 1690 to 1821. In 1756 his troop was escorting an expedition to establish a presidio in Central Texas. The presidio, built by a priest named Don Pedro de Terreros, was located near the confluence of Delucia (Lucy) Creek and Arroyo Cavalto, seven miles northeast of where Lampasas is located today. The Spaniards were attempting to Christianize the Indians, however, the presidio was soon abandoned because of constant Indian attacks. While there, however, Cox had observed hundreds of wild horses in the surrounding hills as well as herds of wild buffalo and cattle.

Following his discharge from the Spanish army, Cox obtained permission from the government to “capture wild horses, carry on trade, and occupy land surrounding the water courses of the Lampasas River, Delucia (Lucy) Creek, and Esquivel (School) Creek.”

While in New Orleans selling horses, he heard of the impending war against the British so he returned to Philadelphia and entered the army as a captain. Because of his experience with the Spanish Army, Cox convinced General Charles Lee, Washington’s second in command, that soldiers on horseback would have an advantage over the British foot soldiers. Cox was given permission to return to Texas to secure horses for the troops. He enlisted five nephews to help. On September 16, 1780, the six men and 18 horses departed for Texas.

Cox led them to the abandoned Terreros presidio. It took 46 days to build a horse trap at Arroyo Cavalto and repairing the walls of the old presidio for the holding pens. They baited the trap with grain and salt. The first night a stallion led 40 mares and colts into the trap. On the 96th day, according to Cox’s journal, they broke camp and headed back to Philadelphia with 330 horses and 68 colts. General Lee was delighted with the Texas Mustangs and bought 304 at $33 per head. Because the trip was so successful, Cox led a second trip immediately and returned with 366 horses and 109 colts.

The Continental Army of the American Revolution rode Texas Mustangs from what is today, Lampasas County, Texas.

The story doesn’t end there. After the war during a third expedition, William Bybee, a nephew, was killed in an Indian attack at the presidio. The arrow penetrated his chest so deeply that they had to break the arrow and remove it through his back. He died at dawn on July 4, 1793, his seventeenth birthday.

In 1803, Cox was again asked to provide horses, this time for the Lewis and Clark expedition. Those horses were again Texas Mustangs from Lampasas County. There were at least five other expeditions by members of the Cox family to Texas to get horses. And finally, in 1846, Pleasant Cox, a nephew, returned to Lucy Creek and homesteaded on the site of Terreros presidio.

On June 7, 2014, the Terreros Presidio Cemetery was dedicated with a historical marker. There are 37 known graves, the earliest being the body of William Bybee – 1793. In this cemetery are burials while under Spanish rule, part of Mexico, Republic of Texas, the Confederacy, and the United States of America.
This is your Texas, this is your Lampasas.

(Sources “Williamson County, Texas: Its History and Its People”, biography of Captain Thomas Isaac Cox by Arlee Gowen, “Terreros Presidio” by Harold Harton, “Lampasas County’s Longmeadow Cemetery” by Mike Cox, research by Peggy Smith Wolfe, and Wikipedia.)


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Reenactors: “Tell me when the event starts.”


Montgomery, TX

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There are reenacting units for all types of people - Yankee and Confederate, single and married, families and "no children", party goers and non-party goers. Our unit is comprised mostly of Christian believers. Every member professes the desire to protect the children in camp, giving them a safe environment. Many of our members are homeschoolers of which reenacting is a natural extension of homeschool history lessons.


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Calling all civil war era reenactors- military and civilian, On Dec 7 in Canton, TX they are having a Parade of Lights in the evening. We are entering a float on behalf of the reenactment (cannon on a trailer, toss candy and decorate) any reenactors in the area are welcome to come march, represent and join in the efforts of promoting the Battle at Mill Creek - Jan 31- Feb 2 event. If you are available and would like to be a part of this, give us a shout!! Battle at Mill Creek, Canton TX On The Mountain Mill Creek Ranch Resort Canton, Texas
William Henry Tennison 12/29/1841 - 11/08/1902 The 7th Texas Calvary - Company E
My Great great grandfather "William Henry Tennison" served in the Texas 7th Calvary Company E ... 1876.
It's time to get registered folks! Civil War Weekend at Liendo Plantation is in full swing and ready to take your name as a participant in our 20th annual event Nov 22-24, 2019. Follow the link to registration:
Hi, just found your page. Did the 15th happen to ride or participate in any events with the 12th or 30th Tex Cav?
Y'all don't know me, but Aaron Thornhill and I are in charge of putting together a reenactment in Denison, TX at Frontier Village that will take place the last weekend of July, the 28,29 and 30th. This is a separate event from the Battle for Denison. There will be skirmishes as well as a Guerilla extraction. Aaron is handling Confederate and I will handle Union, except Guerilla, I will be in on that as well. We are in need of soldiers of both sides as well as civilians. I know it's a month and a half away, but we would appreciate anyone that would come help us out! If you are available please either comment to this post, or contact Aaron or myself. Thank you. God bless Texas and the cause.