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source: U.S. Navy Historical Center
source: U.S. Navy Historical Center
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Scientists Explore Civil War Wreck off Galveston

The Houston Chronicle reports the Union Navy's USS Hatteras was sent to the bottom on January 11, 1863, about 20 miles from Galveston. The Hatteras went down while the rest of the Union fleet bombarded the Confederate Garrison on Galveston Island.

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source: Black Confederate Soldiers
source: Black Confederate Soldiers
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Researcher: Blacks Fought for Confederacy

Despite heated denials from many historians, a Palestine historian says he has solid evidence that thousands of black slaves served on the side of the Confederacy in the Civil War.

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via Flickr/Al Pavangkanan
via Flickr/Al Pavangkanan
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B’Ship Texas Leaking — Is She Doomed?

The historic 100 year old Battleship Texas at San Jacinto State Park is fighting a new enemy, and she may not win this battle.  She's so rusty her hull is leaking. Worse, fixing this latest leak is like trying to save a dying man with a band-aid. It's sad to contemplate, but this most historic of all 20th century battleships appears to be doomed.

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via TexasCourthouses.com
via TexasCourthouses.com
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Polk County Courthouse on Endangered List

Although it's nowhere near as old as many public buildings, the Texas Historical Commission says the Polk County Courthouse in Livingston is one of the most endangered courthouses in the state.  The THC says unless it gets major work soon, the building will have to be demolished.

 

THC

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via Texas A&M University at Galveston
via Texas A&M University at Galveston
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Aggies Name Training Ship for D-Day Hero

On the 68th anniversary of D-Day, the name of a Texan who led a battalion of army rangers up the cliffs at Pointe du Hoc, France, and saved the day at Omaha Beach is now painted on the bow of Texas A&M University at Galveston's new training ship.

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via Texas A&M University
via Texas A&M University
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A&M Picks First Black Corps of Cadets Commander

Nearly half a century after African-Americans were admitted to predominantly white Texas A&M University, a black student has finally reached the pinnacle of one of its signature organizations.

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via flickr/Jacob...K
via flickr/Jacob...K
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Moon Still Shines on Moonshine Stills in E. Texas

Yes friends. The moon still shines on the moonshine stills deep in the Piney Woods of East Texas.  Just ask the lawmen in Trinity and Smith Counties.

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via Robert Couse-Baker
via Robert Couse-Baker
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State Studies the Future of the Alamo

Change is coming to the Alamo, but not fast enough for some people.

A new Alamo custodian, a city bond issue and efforts to revitalize downtown San Antonio are driving a fresh outlook for the site of an early Spanish mission and the famous 1836 battle during the short war for Texas independence.

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