This Week in the Civil War - #1102


  In 1864, the United States government confiscated Arlington House, the home of Robert E. Lee, when property taxes were not paid in person by Mrs. Lee.  Purchased for "government use," Arlington soon became a cemetery as a vengeful Northern military decided to make the property uninhabitable to the Lee family once the war ended.  The Lees never returned to Arlington; after the general’s death in 1870, his son brought suit, claiming the government had illegally confiscated the property.  By a 5 to 4 decision in December 1882 the U.S.

Christian Marclay

Artpace opens a new exhibition with curious roots here in San Antonio. I got a preview  and spoke to the artist about his film. That film was first inspired by a disturbing picture.

 “I saw a photograph in Time Magazine about the best photos of the year, and one was the back of a pickup truck. It showed the rusted license plate that said Texas. Nothing really specific about the murder.”

 I asked “So this was THE pickup?”

 “It was THE pickup, yeah.”

35 years ago last weekend, Archbishop Oscar Romero was assassinated while serving mass in San Salvador. Last weekend he was officially recognized as blessed and a as a martyr to the Catholic faith in a ceremony that many interpret as the biggest obstacle to his becoming a saint.

Joey Palacios / Texas Public Radio

  Mayoral Candidate Leticia Van De Putte has received the endorsement of several Eastside elected officials from the heart of her opponent’s council district.  The endorsement follows one received by Ivy Taylor last week.

This Week in the Civil War - #1101

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  On Saturday, June 17, 1865 the fiery secessionist Edmund Ruffin, the man rumored to have fired the first shot against Fort Sumter at the start of the Civil War and the first person to enter that fortification after its fall to Southern forces, penned his last diary entry, writing “And now with my latest writing and utterance, and with what will [be] near to my latest breath, I here repeat, & would willingly proclaim, my unmitigated hatred to Yankee rule—to all political, social and business connections with Yankees, & to the perfidious, malignant, & vile Yankee race.” Ruffin t