Academic Lecture: The Civil War on the Rio Grande 1846-1876

Tuesday, September 21, 2021 2:00pm to 3:00pm

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Lecture is in conjunction with a traveling Civil War Exhibit, War and Peace on the Rio Grande 1861-1867, on display at the John E. Conner Museum, September 17, 2021 through December 11, 2021.

 

The Civil War on the Rio Grande 1846 - 1876 presented by Roseann Bacha-Garza and Christopher L. Miller, Ph. D. of the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. 

 

Located on the south Texas border region known as the Rio Grande Valley, the Rio Grande Valley Civil War Trail traverses a five-county region along the US-Mexico international border between Brownsville and Laredo with a few sites inland. As Professors of History at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, we feel that one of many important facets of American History to highlight is the fact that the last battle of the Civil War was fought along the Mexican border at Palmito Ranch near Brownsville, Texas. During the Civil War, the Rio Grande served as a significant point of contention forming one of the Confederacy’s claimed international borders; a source for both international recognition and trade. Of course, the Union contested both of these. Skirmishes between both Union and Confederate forces erupted along the border between the military forts of Fort McIntosh in Laredo, Ringgold Barracks in Rio Grande City and Fort Brown in Brownsville. This presentation will highlight some of the unique events, characters, and sites that enhance this cultural heritage trail and discuss the impact that the trade and commerce along the international border during this era had on the outcome of the war.

 

Museum Public Hours of Operation:

Sunday & Monday | Closed 

Tuesday & Wednesday | 2-4:30 p.m.

Thursday - Saturday | 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

 

Free Admission. For more information, contact the Conner Museum at (361) 593-2810 | connermuseum@tamuk.edu.

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