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Offices Of The War Department And The Adjutant General

The Republic of Texas

 
 
Offices Of The War Department And The Adjutant General Marker image. Click for full size.
By Stan Bacon, October 6, 2016
1. Offices Of The War Department And The Adjutant General Marker
Original marker, prior to its restoration. See next picture for the updated marker.
Inscription. Three double log houses built on this site in 1839 shortly after Austin was selected as the site for the capital of the Republic of Texas served as the offices for the War Department and the Adjutant General. Here Albert Sidney Johnston and Branch Tanner Archer served as Secretaries of War.
 
Erected by Austin Kiwanis Club of Austin Texas.
 
Location. 30° 16.164′ N, 97° 44.527′ W. Marker is in Austin, Texas, in Travis County. Marker is on Congress Avenue near East 7th Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Plaque is mounted on the wall of the Paramount Theatre. Marker is at or near this postal address: 713 Congress Ave, Austin TX 78701, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Paramount Theatre (here, next to this marker); Stephen F. Austin Hotel (within shouting distance of this marker); Openheimer-Montgomery Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Norwood Tower (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Central Presbyterian Church (about 500 feet away); Littlefield Building
Marker Undergoing Restoration image. Click for full size.
By Frederick Bothwell, March 20, 2017
2. Marker Undergoing Restoration
The West Point Society of Central Texas has undertaken the restoration of the historical marker commemorating General Johnston’s 1839 residence in Austin as the Republic of Texas Secretary of War at the site of the Paramount Theatre in Austin, Texas. The refurbished marker was remounted on the Congress Avenue façade of the Theatre in a rededication ceremony honoring this famous graduate.
The marker, made by Lake Shore Markers of Erie, PA was originally commissioned by an earlier Kiwanis Club of Austin, likely in celebration of the 1986 Texas Sesquicentennial.
(about 500 feet away); Swedish Consulate and Swante Palm Library (about 500 feet away); Driskill Hotel (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Austin.
 
Regarding Offices Of The War Department And The Adjutant General. Albert Sidney Johnston, West Point Class of 1826, served the government of Texas in capacities from Private soldier to Secretary of War and is buried in the Texas State Cemetery in Austin. He has the distinction of serving as a General Officer in three different armies: the US Army, the Army of Texas, and the Confederate Army. Until his untimely death at Shiloh he was regarded by many as the finest general in the Confederate Army, with a record of many years of exemplary service with the US Army in the Black Hawk Wars, the Mexican War, and the Utah Expedition.
 
Additional comments.
1. Congress Avenue Historical Marker Refurbished by West Pointers
AUSTIN, TEXAS (March 20, 2017) In an act of community service, alumni members of the West Point Society of Central Texas (WPSCT) have reconditioned a scarred Congress Avenue historical marker commemorating 1839 events establishing the city of Austin as
Marker Rededication Ceremony Paramount Theatre, Austin TX, March 25, 2017 image. Click for full size.
By Frederick Bothwell, March 25, 2017
3. Marker Rededication Ceremony Paramount Theatre, Austin TX, March 25, 2017
Rededication ceremony participants, L to R 1) Jim Ritts, CEO and Executive Director, Austin Theatre Alliance. 2) Bruce Todd, former Mayor, Austin TX. 3) Jennie Choi, United States Military Academy Class of ’05, President West Point Society of Central Texas. 4) Dan Hickox, USMA ’72, Travis County Historical Commissioner. 5) Fred Bothwell, USMA ’62, WPSCT. 6) George Kennebeck USMA ‘55, WPSCT. 7) Stan Bacon, USMA ’58, WPSCT. 8) John Cano, President, Kiwanis Club of Northeast Austin. 9) Cortney Ferris, President, Kiwanis Club of Northwest Austin.
the capital of the Republic of Texas. A rededication ceremony will be held at the Paramount Theater at 10:30 am on Saturday March 25, 2017.

Acting in cooperation with the Austin area Kiwanis Clubs and the Paramount Theater, area West Point graduates arranged to have a damaged historical marker removed from the façade of the theater and taken off site for restorative work. “The marker commemorates the 1839 location on Congress Avenue of the War Department and the Adjutant General’s offices,” said WPSCT member Dan Hickox “and the first Secretary of War on the site was Albert Sidney Johnston, West Point class of 1826. That makes it an interesting project for our society.”

“Johnston is the only officer in history to achieve the rank of General in three different Armies – the US Army, the Texas Army, and the Army of the Confederacy,” Hickox explained, “His military and civilian career spanned over four decades of exemplary public service in peace and war to the United States and the Republic of Texas – but little more than a year in the service of the Confederacy.”
“He was killed leading his troops at the Battle of Shiloh, and he is still the highest-ranking American military officer ever to be killed in action.”
The date of the original dedication of the marker at the Paramount site is
Offices Of The War Department And The Adjutant General Marker image. Click for full size.
By Frederick Bothwell, March 25, 2017
4. Offices Of The War Department And The Adjutant General Marker
Marker is to the far right in this image.
unknown, but according to Hickox it was likely done in observance of the Texas Sesquicentennial in 1986. “The inscription on the marker makes it clear that it was installed by the Kiwanis Club of Austin, which doesn’t actually exist anymore – but both Paramount Theater CEO and Managing Director Jim Ritts and John Cano of the Austin area Kiwanis Clubs supported the project.

Hickox, a 1972 graduate of West Point, has a degree in Military History and is a member of the Travis County Historical Commission.
Asked about future plans, Jennie Choi, WPSCT President stated “We’ve focused a lot of attention on improvements on Mount Bonnell and Covert Park in the past and will continue to do so - but we look forward to engaging in other future projects with a West Point connection to Austin as well.”

Comprised of graduates of the U.S. Military Academy, The West Point Society of Central Texas is a 501c3 organization which “adopted” Covert Park at Mount Bonnell as part of the Austin Parks and Recreation Department Adopt-a-Park program in 2010. Since then WPSCT has partnered with PARD, the Austin Parks Foundation, and Keep Austin Beautiful in projects to propose improvements, restore views, install an information kiosk, improve signage and trails, repair steps, and conduct frequent clean up and site maintenance days. There are over 700
Bust Of Albert Sidney Johnston image. Click for full size.
By Frederick Bothwell, March 16, 2016
5. Bust Of Albert Sidney Johnston
In Elisabet Ney Museum, Austin, TX
West Point alumni in the Central Texas area, and over 5,000 statewide.
    — Submitted March 29, 2017.

 
Categories. PoliticsWar, Texas Independence
 
Albert Sidney Johnston Gravesite image. Click for full size.
By J. Williams
6. Albert Sidney Johnston Gravesite
Texas State Cemetery, Austin, Texas
 
 
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