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Treue der Union Monument

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1866. High St. between 3rd and 4th sts.
  • (Photograph by Gerald Moorhead )

This eighteen-foot-tall limestone monument is of significance as the only monument in Texas to the Union side in the Civil War. In the form of a truncated obelisk, the monument stands above the common grave in which thirty-six German immigrants who gave their lives for the Union during and after the Battle of the Nueces were buried. While the designer of the monument is not known, it is evident that they did have knowledge of Greco-Roman funerary monuments, placing the obelisk shaft atop a square sarcophagus form with eared corners, resting on a three-tiered stone base.

Writing Credits

Gerald Moorhead et al.


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Gerald Moorhead et al., "Treue der Union Monument", [Comfort, Texas], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of Texas

Buildings of Texas, Gerald Moorhead and contributors. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2013, 207-208.

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