Dumped and Forgotten Below the Milam Street Bridge:
Houston in the Civil War
Thursday, May 17–Saturday, August 4, 2018
The Heritage Society Museum Gallery
Tuesday–Saturday, 10:00 am–4:00 pm
Admission: $5 for adults, $2 children 5–18
One of the highlights of the exhibit is an amazing, never-before exhibited Civil War era archeology collection that has received new life with modern conservation treatments and has been researched by experts in munitions. This collection was first gathered in the summer of 1968, as a local archeologist organized an excavation of Buffalo Bayou near the Milam Street Bridge in the hopes of recovering long forgotten Civil War artifacts.
After the war ended in 1865, munitions, once housed at the Kennedy building located at Travis and Congress, were dumped into the bayou. The disposal of the weaponry was part of an effort by Houston city leaders to deprive disgruntled rebel soldiers of the equipment and supplies of the Confederate government. Now, these artifacts, along with others on loan from numerous local institutions and collectors, can help shed light on the impact of the Civil War on the Houston area.
The purpose of this exhibit is to educate visitors about Houston’s role as a commercial hub in the Civil War and to discover what happened to these artifacts once abandoned in the bayou. Other stories that will be addressed include urban slavery in Houston and Juneteenth, an area Union prison camp, “Fort Humbug,” the murder of General John Wharton in downtown Houston, blockade running and much more.
Coverage from Houston Press. Click here.