AUSTIN — Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson - flanked by the Texas Division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans Mounted Color Guard - will help rededicate the Hood's Brigade Monument at the Texas Capitol at 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 15.
The centennial celebration of the monument and the hard-fighting men it honors is part of a series of special events to remember Texas's most-storied Confederate brigade. The two-day event is capped off with a Saturday seminar on Hood's Texas Brigade, Monuments and Memory, co-sponsored by the Save Texas History Program of the Texas General Land Office, Hood's Texas Brigade Association Re-activated, the Littlefield Fund for Southern History at The University of Texas Libraries and the Austin Civil War Round Table.
"Many folks in Austin have seen this memorial but few today understand why it's there or what it represents, and that's a shame," Patterson said. "Hood's Texans fought in every major battle of the Civil War and won a hard-earned reputation of valor that should make any Texan proud, even today."
Patterson said a deeper understanding of Texas' role during the War Between the States is needed to thwart any attempts to remove Confederate monuments from state grounds anywhere.
"The Texas Capitol itself is a Confederate monument," Patterson said. "Texas can't look away from that history."
Patterson's own participation in the rededication harkens back to October 1910, when then Texas Land Commissioner Charles Rogan lead the parade of dignitaries and more than 5,000 school children down Congress Avenue to unveil the thirty-five-foot marble shaft with a bronze statue of a brigade infantryman on top.
WHO: Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson
WHAT: Rededication of Hood's Brigade Monument at the Texas Capitol
WHERE: At the Hood's Brigade Monument on the south lawn of the Texas Capitol
WHEN: 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 15
WHY: To honor Texans who fought with valor for the Confederacy