Texas History Topics

Civil War and Reconstruction

Texas’ Unique Role in America’s Second Revolution

Texas had been part of the United States for only 15 years when citizens voted to secede in 1861, becoming the seventh state in the Confederate States of America. After refusing to take an oath of allegiance to the new government, Gov. Sam Houston was removed from office. Texans loyal to the Confederacy fought Texans loyal to the Union. For the first time, this state and the nation were deeply divided. The turbulent road of Reconstruction after the war was filled with political, economic, and social changes that would set the stage for modern America. Texas’ historic sites and monuments tell these stories first-hand. Journey through this pivotal chapter of American history.

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