"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.
|Tenth Cavalry company in dress uniforms on|
Fort Davis parade grounds.
|Lt. Henry O. Flipper in 1877 became|
the first African-American to
graduate from West Point. Assigned to
the Tenth Cavalry, Flipper served in
Texas at Forts Concho, Elliott, and Davis.
|Col. Edward Hatch commanded the|
Ninth Cavalry from 1866-1889.
|Col. Benjamin Grierson commanded|
the Tenth Cavalry from 1866-1890.
Grierson was a music teacher prior
to the Civil War. He created a
regimental band by procuring
instruments and training his musicians.
|Company barracks at Fort Concho. There were serious|
racial tensions between the citizens of nearby
San Angelo and the Buffalo Soldiers.
|Barracks interior at Fort McKavett.|
|Exhibit at the Buffalo Soldiers|
National Museum in Houston.