Symposium explores Texas' pro-Union opposition to Confederacy

Posted by Jayme Blaschke
University News Service
March 25, 2014

Texas State University’s Center for the Study of the Southwest and the Wittliff Collections will present a symposium on Texas opposition to the secession and the Confederacy 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, April 5.

The symposium will be held at the Wittliff Collections in Alkek Library for two morning sessions and one afternoon session of three presentations each, followed by a keynote address and a Q&A period.

The symposium will explore the diversity of that opposition and challenge the myth of a monolithic pro-Confederate Texas. Support for the Union in Texas and rejection of the Confederacy did not solely consist of Sam Houston’s famous refusal to take oath of allegiance to the Confederacy. Before, during, and after the Civil War, significant numbers of Texans of all social, economic, and ethnic groups actively opposed the dominant southern slaveocracy for a variety of reasons.

Top historians from across Texas and the U.S. will present their research tackling the subjects of Lost Cause collective memory, Tejano Unionism, Reconstruction violence, guerrilla Union supporters in East Texas, Texan slave flight, refugee slaveholders from Louisiana, Texas Germans, anti-Unionist violence and Juneteenth.

Carl Moneyhon of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock will finish the symposium with a keynote address, Edmund J. Davis: The Radicalization of a Texas Unionist.

For complete details, please visit and click on the links for the free, courtesy registration page and for the full program schedule. To register by phone or for ADA accommodations, please call (512) 245-2224. For further information on the Wittliff Collections, visit