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Blue and Gray on the Border by Runner-up, 2019 Texas Old Missions and Forts Restoration Book Award, sponsored by the Texas Old Missions and Forts Restoration Association (TOMFRA) Most general histories of the Civil War pay scant attention to the many important military events that took place in the Lower Rio Grande Valley along the Texas-Mexico border. It was here, for example, that many of the South's cotton exports, all-important to its funding for the war effort, were shuttled across the Rio Grande into Mexico for shipment to markets across the Atlantic. It was here that the Union blockade was felt perhaps most keenly. And it was here where longstanding cross-border rivalries and shifting political fortunes on both sides of the river made for a constant undercurrent of intrigue. And yet, most accounts of this long and bloody conflict give short shrift to the complexities of the ethnic tensions, political maneuvering, and international diplomacy that vividly colored the Civil War in this region. Now, Christopher L. Miller, Russell K. Skowronek, and Roseann Bacha-Garza have woven together the history and archaeology of the Lower Rio Grande Valley into a densely illustrated travel guide featuring important historical and military sites of the Civil War period. Blue and Gray on the Border integrates the sites, colorful personalities, cross-border conflicts, and intriguing historical vignettes that outline the story of the Civil War along the Texas-Mexico border. This resource-packed book will aid heritage travelers, students, and history buffs in their discovery of the rich history of the Civil War in the Rio Grande Valley.
Publication Date: 2018-12-17
The Civil War on the Rio Grande, 1846-1876 by Runner-up, 2019 Texas Old Missions and Forts Restoration Book Award, sponsored by the Texas Old Missions and Forts Restoration Association (TOMFRA) Long known as a place of cross-border intrigue, the Rio Grande's unique role in the history of the American Civil War has been largely forgotten or overlooked. Few know of the dramatic events that took place here or the complex history of ethnic tensions and international intrigue and the clash of colorful characters that marked the unfolding and aftermath of the Civil War in the Lone Star State. To understand the American Civil War in Texas also requires an understanding of the history of Mexico. The Civil War on the Rio Grande focuses on the region's forced annexation from Mexico in 1848 through the Civil War and Reconstruction. In a very real sense, the Lower Rio Grande Valley was a microcosm not only of the United States but also of increasing globalization as revealed by the intersections of races, cultures, economic forces, historical dynamics, and individual destinies. As a companion to Blue and Gray on the Border: The Rio Grande Valley Civil War Trail, this volume provides the scholarly backbone to a larger public history project exploring three decades of ethnic conflict, shifting international alliances, and competing economic proxies at the border. The Civil War on the Rio Grande, 1846-1876 makes a groundbreaking contribution not only to the history of a Texas region in transition but also to the larger history of a nation at war with itself.
Publication Date: 2019-01-24
The New Handbook of Texas by For more than forty years the Handbook of Texas was the most comprehensive and authoritative source on Texas history. Now, the New Handbook of Texas -- a stunning six-volume encyclopedia and biographical dictionary covering every aspect of Texas history -- continues that proud tradition. Thirteen years in preparation, the new edition presents the efforts of more than 3,000 authors, editors, and reviewers. You'll find 23,500 articles covering the history of Texas from A to Z. There are detailed histories of all 254 counties and of major cities. Thousands of other entries highlight communities, key events, geographical features, historical sites, institutions, and organizations. The New Handbook tells the story of the people who made Texas history -- the men and women who shaped the Lone Star State. More than 7,000 biographical entries provide authoritative information about the famous and the infamous, the legendary and the overlooked. Other essays describe the many groups of people who have lived in Texas, from prehistoric cultures to twentieth-century immigrants. Particular attention has been given to the rich historical traditions of the African American and Mexican American communities in Texas and to the vital historical contributions made by individual women and women's organizations throughout the state. The Handbook of Texas Online is a joint venture sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts and the General Libraries at the University of Texas at Austin, in collaboration with the TSHA. It offers fully searchable electronic access to the text of the New Handbook as well as approximately 400 articles not included in the print edition due to space limitations.
Publication Date: 1996-05-01
Webber Family Research Guide
Summary: Webber Family
This research guide for John Ferdinand Webber and Silvia Hector Webber shows a biracial family who endured the trials of a changing nation during the American Civil War Era. The purpose of this guide is to provide primary and secondary sources pertaining to the presence of biracial farming and ranching families and how their social and economic status contributed to the narrative of race relations in Texas and the Rio Grande Valley. The guide contains images of original census documents, digitized collections from university archives, and it may be used for genealogical research, farming and ranching research, and race relation research.
Background: Webber Family
John Ferdinand (Juan Fernando) Webber and Silvia (Puss) Hector Webber were a biracial ranching and farming family who migrated throughout Texas during the Civil War era. They helped establish two Texas townships: Webberville in Bastrop County and Donna in Hidalgo County and traded on the banks of the Colorado and Rio Grande Rivers. As a racially mixed family, they encountered many challenges to their livelihood and found acceptance and sanctuary within the Rio Grande Valley where they integrated within prolific Mexican American families.
Silvia Hector Webber was a former slave, born ca. 1807 in either Louisiana/Florida/Arkansas where her heritage was obscured. In 1819, she was transferred to the Cryer family. John F. Webber purchases her and their three children emancipation papers in 1834 and have eight more children thereafter. John Ferdinand Webber was born ca. 1795 in Danville, Vermont to John Webber and Hannah Morrill. He served as a private & medic in Captain. S. Dickenson’s 31st Infantry and fought in the battle of Shadage Woods. In 1840, racial tensions over his family in Webberville forces them to relocate to the Rio Grande Valley.
The Webber Family:
John Ferdinand Webber, father. (1795 – 1882)
Silvia Hector Webber, wife. (1810 – 1892)
Elise Webber Jackson, daughter. (1829 – 1900)
Henry Webber, son. (1832 – Unknown)
John Webber, son. (1834 – Unknown)
Leonard Webber, son. (1836 – Unknown)
Sarah Jane Webber Biddy, daughter. (1838 – 1911)
James Morrill Webber, son. (1839 – 1922)
Nelson/Wilson Webber, son. (1842 – Unknown)
Sabrina Webber, daughter. (1848 – Unknown)
Andrew Webber, son. (1846 – Unknown)
Rachel Amanda Webber, daughter. (1851 – 1903)
Jeremiah Marcelino Webber, son. (1853 – 1903)
Photo from slide 82-773 MA-7, Archives Alert, Hidalgo County Historical Collection.
James M. Webber, Hidalgo Co. Marks & Brands
Research Compiled by Stephanie Montalvo
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