History buff to discuss book on Hood’s Texas Brigade, Gettysburg
JOHNSON CITY — Joe Owen has a love of history.
That explains his job at the Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park and membership with Hood’s Texas Brigade.
In fact, Owen has taken that love of the history, the Civil War and the brigade and put it into his book “Texans at Gettysburg: Blood and Glory with Hood’s Texas Brigade.” He’ll be signing copies of his publication after he speaks during a Civil War roundtable 7 p.m. May 31 at the Johnson City Public Library, 501 N. Nugent Ave. The public is welcome.
The infantry brigade was commanded by General John Bell Hood and fought for the Confederacy. The brigade distinguished itself for its determination and fighting ability during the Civil War, according to reports.
Library director Maggie Goodman said Owen’s work perfectly fits the purpose of the roundtable: to examine the war, the figures and other aspects of the civil conflict.
“It’s a fantastic program for their group,” she said.
Owen said the stories of the men in brigade should be told because “those people served and died.”
He spent 2½ years writing the book using the Portal to Texas History and the National Archives.
He used personal diaries, interviews, newspaper articles, letters and speeches to describe the battle experiences of Texans in Hood's Texas Brigade who fought at Gettysburg on July 1-3, 1863.
During the war, the brigade went from 5,000 men to 500.
“The history is so interesting,” Goodman said. “They formed political organizations and served in high offices across the state.”
Goodman met a woman, whose grandfather was a member of the brigade. She plans to attend and is bringing his personal notes, records and other writings, the library director said.
This is the first book ever written about Texans at Gettysburg in the 150 years since the Civil War, she said.
“They have a history we need to know about,” Goodman said.
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