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Posted at 06:14 PM ET, 08/31/2012

Texas Brigade monument to be dedicated at Manassas battlefield

The Texas Historical Commission will dedicate a monument to General John Bell Hood’s Texas Brigade on the battlefield of Second Manassas at 10 a.m. on Sept. 6, in a free ceremony open to the public.

Hood, a West Point graduate known for his bravery and aggressiveness, spearheaded an attack at the Second Battle of Manassas against the position held by the Fifth New York Infantry, better known as Duryee’s Zouaves, and came close to wiping them out. Only about 100 of the 550 men survived the attack. Hood also captured a battery of guns.

The ceremony is taking place about a week after the 150th anniversary of that battle, the second at that location won by the Confederates.

The monument is the fifth erected on a battlefield by the Commission’s Texas Civil War Monuments Fund since the beginning of the 150th anniversary of the war. Donors to the monument project include private individuals, the Austin Civil War Roundtable, the Hood’s Texas Brigade Association Reactivated and the Civil War Trust.

The dedication site is Chinn Ridge near Stop 10 (Hazel Plain) on the park’s driving tour, less than a mile from the Manassas National Battlefield Park’s visitor center.

By Linda Wheeler  |  06:14 PM ET, 08/31/2012

 
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