Home > 1700-1900 > American Civil War in the United States > Truer Der Union Monument-Loyalty to the Union

This German language monument honors those German-speaking Texans who opposed slavery and sought to remain loyal to the Union during the Civil War. They hoped to link with Union troops by way of Mexico. However, their Confederate neighbors hunted them down and killed them along the Nueces River in 1862. The bodies were left unburied and the bones were gathered by their fellow German immigrant comrades and buried in this memorial in 1865 with an escort of Federal troops. The twenty foot limestone obelisk weighs over 35,000 pounds. The monument was restored and rededicated in 1996 and includes most of the original stones.

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