MANASSAS, Va. (AP) — The Texans who played a key role in the Civil War Battle of Second Manassas are being honored with a monument.
The Texas Historical Commission will dedicate the monument Thursday to Hood's Texas Brigade at the northern Virginia battlefield. The monument will pay homage to the Texas soldiers who played a critical role in Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee's decisive battle in late August 1862.
On the third day of the battle, the Texas Brigade helped Lee's men collapse the Union's left flank, forcing the retreat of the Union Army of Virginia. It opened the way for a Confederate invasion of Maryland.
The Texas monument in Manassas is not the first dedicated to Civil War soldiers from that state. Others are in the Wilderness and Gaines' Mill outside of Richmond.