|Mrs. Kelly Lauderdale and Tabitha Hooper in the kitchen of the Texian Farm, Pioner Farms, Austin TX
Texas has always been different than
the rest of the nation. Even now our tourism slogan “It’s Like a Whole Other Country” pretty much sums up
how Texans feel about their state.This was also true during the American Civil War. Having voted strongly in favor of secession
and joining the Confederate States of America, Texas found itself once again a little different than the rest of the country.
Since few battles were fought on Texas soil, civilian Texas saw little of the devastation and severe hardships found in other
parts of the South.
Not only was Texas different from other Southern states, but also the regions of Texas could
differ greatly within the state itself, politically and culturally. This Texan individuality offers a wide range of interpretations
for the Texas Civil War living historian—rich or poor, resident or refugee, pro-Union or pro-Confederate, slave holding
or abolitionist, foreign or American born, farmer or urban professional, male or female, young or old.
the typical Texas civilian impression reflects a general southern impression that might be found in the upper southern states.
However, this impression is not always accurate for a Texas civilian. This site provides information and links that will help
the Civil War living historian to develop an appropriate impression of the Civil War civilian in Texas and the Texas home
This site does not at this time address African American and Hispanic impressions. If you have researched
in these areas and are willing to share your research, please contact me.
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