Travis Park Confederate Statue – San Antonio, Texas

The following brief report is by Miss Lillian Byrn, Historian of Barnard E. Bee Chapter, San Antonio:
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The Daughters of the Confederacy enjoy the distinction of unveiling the first monument ever erected in San Antonio. This tribute to Confederate soldiers is placed in the center of the handsomest of the many parks for which San Antonio is justly noted. The unveiling took place on Saturday, April 28 in tile presence of the largest outdoor assemblage ever witnessed in the History of the city. The day was perfect, and the “se of upturned faces,” the background of tender, green spring tints, and the profusion of floral offerings presented a living picture worthy of a master brush.
The Barnard E. Bee Chapter, U. D. C., is composed of representative women of San Antonio. It is the largest chapter in the State, and numbers in its ranks those whose lives are full of social duties, of business and home cares, all united by the bonds of love and harmony and inspired by the enthusiastic zeal of their worthy President. Since its organization, in 1896, the chapter has had but one President, Mrs. A. N. Houston. She it was whose loving thought suggested the erection of a monument, and it is owing to her unfailing energy and untiring devotion that the project was so speedily and successfully carried out. Descended from the most ardent and devoted patriots of Georgia, Alabama, and South Carolina, Mrs. Houston brings to her work a reverential love for and profound faith -in our sacred cause, tempered by that conservatism and cool judgment so necessary for the guidance of such affairs. She is eloquent in praise of her chapter—proud not only of its numbers, but of its enthusiasm. I have never seen such eager and willing workers, such thorough devotion, and such a harmonious spirit as pervades our organization.
The money for the monument was raised by means of teas, by concerts, by dances, and by old—fashioned quilting bees. Every cent was paid before the unveiling. The materials used are native granite and marble of Texas, and the work was done by a San Antonio sculptor, Mr. Frank Teich. The design was most generously donated by Miss Virginia Montgomery, a talented young artist whom New Orleans is proud to call her own. The entire conception is symbolical. The stars bespeak the resplendent courage of the Southern soldiers, and the laurel wreaths testify to our undying memory of their matchless valor. The furled flag and the uplifted arm of the soldier represent our trust that our cause rests with God. The polished shaft rising from the rough and sturdy granite base—all are emblematic of the brilliant achievement, the endurance, the devotion, the unchanging devotion, that characterized all ranks of Confederate soldiers.

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The orator chosen for the unveiling was Hon. Columbus Upson, who bears a fine reputation as a speaker and as a soldier. On the stand with Col. Upson were Judge John H. Reagan, Postmaster General under President Davis, a man skilled in public life, whom his countrymen delight to honor; Gay. Joseph D. Sayers; Gen. J. B. Polley, Commander of the Texas Division, U. C. V.; Dr. J.T. Largen, Commander of Albert Sidney Johnston Camp, U. C. V.; Mayor Marshall Hicks; Hon. A. W. Houston; Mrs. A. W. Houston, President, and the other officers of the Barnard E. Bee Chapter, U D. C. The guard of honor was composed of the Albert Sidney Johnston Camp, the United Sons f Confederate Veterans, the E. 0. C. Ord Post (G. A. R.), the Belknap Rifles, and the San Antonio Zouaves.
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Following Col. Upson’s stirring address, little Laura Winstead, the four-year–old granddaughter of Mrs. Houston, pulled the cord that tore away the veil, revealing the heroic figure of a private soldier that surmounts the forty-foot shaft. A moment of deep feeling hushed the vast crowd, while the band softly played a dirge; then came a wild burst of spontaneous cheering, to which the veterans added the Rebel yell, and the band changed to “Dixie,” It was some time before the cheers and enthusiasm subsided sufficiently to permit the
reading of the congratulatory telegrams and the presentation to Mrs. Houston by Judge Reagan of a silver urn and salver, a testimonial from her loving coworkers. Mrs. Houston, completely ‘surprised,
responded in a graceful and feeling extempore speech.

IT’S SO SAD TO REPORT THAT THIS STATUE WAS REMOVED FROM TRAVIS PARK IN THE DARK HOURS OF AUGUST 31, 2017.  VERY DISAPPOINTED IN THE PEOPLE WHO VOTED TO REMOVE THIS HISTORIC STATUE. THIS IS A CITY OF SO MUCH HISTORY, WE MAY NOT AGREE WITH WHAT HAPPENED IN THE PAST BUT IT HAPPENED.  THIS WAS A DIFFERENT TIME WHEN PEOPLE HAD DIFFERENT BELIEFS. I CHOOSE TO LIVE IN THE NOW. I COULD CARE LESS IF YOU AGREE WITH ME OR NOT. I HAVE BETTER THINGS TO DO THAN WASTE MY TIME WITH VIOLENT PROTESTING TRYING TO ERASE HISTORY. GO HOME, RAISE YOUR FAMILY, AND GO TO WORK.  MAKE YOUR OWN DAMN HISTORY.

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3 thoughts on “Travis Park Confederate Statue – San Antonio, Texas

  1. Mayor Nirenberg claims that the statue has no place in a modern city like San Antonio. Speaking as a tourist, I visit San Antonio for its history not the “modern” stuff. I have one less reason to spend my money in San Antonio.

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