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After the Civil War, the United Confederate Veterans and United Daughters of the Confederacy were very active in helping the old Civil War Veterans and began to erect monuments in their honor. Below is a listing of Confederate Monuments that are located in Texas by County. There are more than fifty Civil War statues and memorials located in Texas and hundreds throughout the South.  The United Confederate Veterans of Texas and The United Daughters of the Confederacy usually sponsored the construction of the Confederate monuments and statues, with the most popular design being the traditional statue of a confederate soldier who stands at parade rest on summits overlooking parks, cemeteries, and courthouse lawns throughout the state of Texas.  When the Confederate statues in Texas were being erected, may communities struggled for years raising the funds for the confederate monument to honor the veterans. Most of the Confederate Statues in Texas are over 100 years old and the quality of workmanship is incredible.  There are links to the different counties in Texas and we are trying to include photographs of monuments in every county along with photos of Confederate Veterans Reunions. If you have any photos or information that you would like to contribute please email us at These statues are truly a treasure and piece of Texas History.
The design of the Confederate monument now being built in San Antonio by the Barnard E. Bee Chapter, U. D. C., is from the pencil of Miss Virginia Montgomery, of New Orleans. The design is symbolical in each exquisite -. detail—the stars, the wreaths of ivy, the circlets of laurel upon the, outspread wings of butterflies, the square granite shaft, the sword, gun, and bayonet in the furled “Stars and Bars,” the Confederate soldier with uplifted arm—all emphasizing “Lest we forget” and “Our cause is with God,” the inscriptions on the monument.
The work of the Barnard E. Bee Chapter in erecting the first historic monument in the city of San Antonio is most commendable. In less than three years, led by their indefatigable President, Mrs. A. W. Houston, they have, by tireless efforts, secured the means for rearing this beautiful memorial to honor the Confederate heroes wherever they fell. All worked faithfully, but it is not amiss to mention especially the name of Mrs. J. P. Nelson, who alone, by her personal endeavor, contributed $500 to the cause. As a token of appreciation, the Daughters awarded her a rich and beautiful medal.
The following brief report is by Miss Lillian Byrn, Historian of Barnard E. Bee Chapter, San Antonio:
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.

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.
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.
After this a general reception was held, and nearly all present came forward to express their appreciation of the exercises and meet the distinguished visitors.