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Comfort in Kendall County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Dedication of Monument to German Patriots

August 10, 1866

 

— Treue Der Union Monument —

 
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By TeamOHE, December 25, 2018
1. Dedication of Monument to German Patriots Marker
Inscription.  This Comfort town lot was purchased by Eduard Degener, Eduard Steves, and William Heuermann from John Vles of New Orleans, through his attorney Ernst Altgelt. The price was $20.00 and the date was 19 August 1865, the day before the mass burial. The land was purchased “for the purpose to erect a monument."

Local stonemasons, likely including Emil Serger, built the monument, using locally quarried limestone. Several different carvers worked on the name plaques. This twenty-foot obelisk weighs 35,700 pounds. The top has nine restored original stones, including the four name tablets. The three courses of the base were replaced during the restoration completed in 1996. Emplaced within the second course is a long-term time capsule.

The United States flag has thirty-six stars. There were thirty-three states at the start of the Civil War, of which thirteen seceded to form the Confederate States of America. Three states were subsequently admitted: Kansas in 1861, West Virginia in 1863, and Nevada in 1864. Thus, it represents the banner in use at the time of the monument dedication in 1866.
 
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By TeamOHE, December 25, 2018
2. Dedication of Monument to German Patriots Marker
2004 by Comfort Heritage Foundation.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial SitesWar, US Civil.
 
Location. 29° 58.182′ N, 98° 54.827′ W. Marker is in Comfort, Texas, in Kendall County. Marker is on High Street east of 3rd Street, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Comfort TX 78013, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Funeral of German Patriots at Comfort, Texas (here, next to this marker); Treue Der Union Monument (a few steps from this marker); Battle and Massacre at Nueces River (a few steps from this marker); Comfort Community Church (within shouting distance of this marker); Comfort School (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Ernst Hermann Altgelt (approx. 0.2 miles away); Freidenker (approx. 0.2 miles away); Otto Brinkmann House (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Comfort.
 
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By TeamOHE, December 25, 2018
3. Treue Der Union Monument
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 3, 2021. It was originally submitted on January 2, 2021, by TeamOHE of Wauseon, Ohio. This page has been viewed 31 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on January 2, 2021, by TeamOHE of Wauseon, Ohio. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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