Comfort in Kendall County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Treue Der Union Monument
("Loyalty to the Union")
This German language monument, erected 1866, honors the memory of 68 men (mostly Germans) from this region who were loyal to the Union during the Civil War. Trying desperately to reach U.S. Federal troops by way of Mexico, about 40 of the men were killed by vengeful Confederates bent on annihilating them, in the Battle of the Nueces (on Aug. 10, 1862) and a later fight (Oct. 18). The bodies of the slain and those who drowned swimming the Rio Grande were left unburied. A group of Germans gathered the bones of their friends and buried them at this site in 1865.
Official Texas State Archeological Landmark (1996)
Funeral of German Patriots at Comfort, Texas - August 20, 1865. (Comfort Heritage Foundation, 2004.)
[Illustration.] 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
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.
Harper’s Weekly New York, January 20, 1866.
Comfort Heritage Foundation, 2004.
Dedication of Monument to German Patriots - August 10, 1866. (Comfort Heritage Foundation, 2004)
[Illustration.] This Comfort town lot was purchased by Eduard Degener, Eduard Steves, and William Heuermann from John Vies 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
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.
Erected 1968 by State Historical Survey Committee and the Comfort Heritage Foundation (1988, 2004, 2008). (Marker Number 15.)
Topics and series. This historical marker monument is listed in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial Sites • War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Time Capsules series list. A significant historical month for this entry is January 1923.
Location. 29° 58.187′ N, 98° 54.827′ W. Marker is in Comfort, Texas, in Kendall County. 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); Dedication of Monument to German Patriots (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 400 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.
Also see . . . Nueces Massacre. (Submitted on August 28, 2010, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
Additional keywords. German Americans; immigrants; massacre.
Credits. This page was last revised on April 13, 2021. It was originally submitted on August 27, 2010, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. This page has been viewed 5,206 times since then and 198 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on August 27, 2010, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9. submitted on August 28, 2010, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. 10. submitted on January 1, 2021, by TeamOHE of Wauseon, Ohio. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.