"Lone Star Historian 2" is a blog about the travels and activities of the State Historian of Texas during his second year. Bill O'Neal was appointed to a two-year term by Gov. Rick Perry on August 22, 2012, at an impressive ceremony in the State Capitol. Bill is headquartered at Panola College (www.panola.edu) in Carthage, where he has taught since 1970. For more than 20 years Bill conducted the state's first Traveling Texas History class, a three-hour credit course which featured a 2,100-mile itinerary. In 2000 he was awarded a Piper Professorship, and in 2012 he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Wild West Historical Association. Bill has published over 40 books, almost half about Texas history subjects, and in 2007 he was named Best Living Non-Fiction Writer by True West Magazine. In 2013 he was awarded an honorary Doctor of Letters degree by his alma mater, Texas A&M University - Commerce.
|Sam Houston in Cherokee garb|
|Officers' Circle at Fort Gibson National Cemetery|
|The stone of Tiana/Diana Rogers, wife of Sam Houston,|
bears the incorrect name of "Talahina. "
Tiana/Diana died in her late thirties in 1838 and was buried in the Officers’ Circle at the Fort Gibson Cemetery. In 1868 this burial ground was designated a National Cemetery. As Oklahoma’s only National Cemetery, it stretches across a vast area. We arrived at mid-day on Friday, May 22 – the beginning of Memorial Day weekend. Many people were on the grounds, including family members seeking specific gravestones. There were countless flags, large and small. Karon and I have visited numerous National Cemeteries, but this visit was especially impressive. As Karon pointed out, it was the first time we had been to a National Cemetery on a Memorial Day weekend.
|The row of two-story buildings just inside the Fort Gibson|
stockade provided quarters for officers and headquarters.
|Fortifications at Fort Gibson included a stockade |
|The new Visitor Center at Fort Towson soon will|
be opened to the public.
|Appearance of Fort Towson during Houston's visit|
|Fort Towson ruins today|