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

Funeral of German Patriots at Comfort, Texas

August 20,1865

— Treue Der Union Monument —

 
 
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Photographed By Craig Doda, December 25, 2018
1. Funeral of German Patriots at Comfort, Texas Marker
Inscription.  The procession of three hundred people, headed by the fathers of four of the victims, old men of sixty and seventy years, preceded the funeral car drawn by four white horses. Under the Union banner lay the remains. A detachment of Federal troops accompanied the cortege. At the grave, E. Degener, father of two victims, pronounced an oration which brought tears of grief to the eyes of the mourners. He concluded thus:

"The sacrifice that we, the fathers of the slaughtered, made to our country and to liberty, is great and dolorous. We shall, however, console ourselves; we shall be proud of having offered our sons to the Union, if the glorious victory of its arms bear all the fruits that the nation and the whole of humanity justly expect to reap."

The Federal troops fired a salute over the grave. The little remote site where they rest must be to the nation as sacred as those places where thousands are deposited. Small in number, far away from the patriotic heart and the strong arm of the loyal North, surrounded by fierce enemies of the Union, those brave and devoted Germans offered their lives.

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January 20, 1866
 
Erected 2004 by Comfort Heritage Foundation.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial SitesWar, US Civil. A significant historical date for this entry is August 20, 1865.
 
Location. 29° 58.183′ N, 98° 54.828′ 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. Dedication of Monument to German Patriots (here, next to this marker); Treue Der Union Monument (here, next to 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.
 
Funeral of German Patriots at Comfort, Texas Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Doda, December 25, 2018
2. Funeral of German Patriots at Comfort, Texas Marker
Treue Der Union Monument image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Doda, 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 Craig Doda of Napoleon, Ohio. This page has been viewed 192 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on January 2, 2021, by Craig Doda of Napoleon, Ohio. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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