Hempstead in Waller County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Major Civil War center in Texas with railroad, troop training, manufacturing, and supply activity. Training camps Groce and Hebert kept troops in readiness to move by rail to Houston and thence to the coast of Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas to prevent invasion of state. Camp Groce became second largest Prisoner of War camp in state receiving first Union prisoners in 1863. Textile mill, foundry, grist mill products supplied to Confederate Army. Field transportation bureau shop made and repaired wagons, saddles, harness.
Erected by the State of Texas 1963
In the spring of 1865 Texas troops returning from Louisiana and coastal defenses gathered at Camp Groce. Rumor reached them of General Robert E. Lee's surrender at Appomattox. Some doubted, but soon the news was confirmed. Confederate generals Kirby Smith, John B. Magruder, and John H. Forney were there and bade their troops farewell. Comrades-in-arms of the recent conflict left to walk their weary way home in one of
Erected 1963 by State of Texas. (Marker Number 9388.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil.
Location. 30° 5.886′ N, 96° 4.63′ W. Marker is in Hempstead, Texas, in Waller County. Marker is on Wilkins Street, on the right when traveling east. Marker is located on the north end of the courthouse grounds. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 836 Austin Street, Hempstead TX 77445, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Former Waller County Post Offices (within shouting distance of this marker); Waller County (within shouting distance of this marker); The Old Courthouse Clock and Bell (within shouting distance of this marker); First United Methodist Church of Hempstead (approx. ¼ mile away); Ahrenbeck-Urban Home (approx. 0.4 miles away); Hempstead High School (approx. half a mile away); Captain Alfred H. Wyly (approx. 1.1 miles away); Madison "Matt" Kilpatrick (approx. 1.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Hempstead.
Credits. This page was last revised on November 1, 2018. It was originally submitted on October 29, 2018, by Brian Anderson of Kingwood, Texas. This page has been viewed 101 times since then and 8 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on October 29, 2018, by Brian Anderson of Kingwood, Texas. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.