A few more snapshots from my trip to Austin.
Here we have a monument, I thought it said "volunteer firemen," but my uncle said it was a monument to the first gay Texan to adopt a child.
Of course. Just look at the mustache.
Across from that monument was the first monument to confederate soldiers that I have ever seen in person. (I've read about many of them, since I read Lies Across America).
Can you see that? It reads:
Died For State Rights. Guaranteed Under the Constitution. The People of the South, animated by the spirit of 1776, to preserve their rights, withdrew from the federal compact in 1861. The North resorted to coercion. The South, against overwelming numbers and resources, fought until exhausted. During the war, there were twenty two hundred and forty seven engagements; in eighteen hundred and eighty two of these, at least one regiment took part. Number of men enlisted: Confederate armies: 600,000; Federal Armies, 2,859,132. Losses from all causes: Confederate, 437, 000; Federal 485, 216.
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