[Lecture] Frontier Forts of Texas with Bill O’Neal – Military Ghost Towns of the Lone Star State
Historically Speaking Lecture Series
January 18, 2020 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Imagine the vast and desolate frontier of Texas – stretching for hundreds of miles lightly sprinkled with border posts stretching from Fort Brown on the Rio Grande to Fort Bliss at El Paso del Norte. Texas was the scene of more combat events between Native American warriors and Anglo soldiers and settlers than any other state or territory. The U.S. Army, therefore, erected more military outposts in Texas, a tradition begun by Spanish soldados and their presidios.
Prolific author and former State Historian Bill O’Neal traveled tens of thousands of miles across the Lone Star State visiting these relics of military history and walking in the footsteps of the finest US Army officers of the time. He will share his personal insights and experiences from his journey down a trail once traveled by the likes of Robert E. Lee, Albert Sidney Johnston, John Bell Hood and Ranald Mackenzie and 61 Medal of Honor recipients that served in duty stations on the Texas frontier. This dramatic story of life and death conflict will inspire you to take the road less traveled for a visit to the military ghost towns of our state.