Many Atascosa County citizens have no idea of the involvement of the County during the War Between the States, or the Civil War. Several years before the actual firing of a gun, there was much controversy between the North and the South of the United States. One of the problems involved slavery and that, in turn, created the problem of states’ rights.
How many have heard of the knights of the Golden circle? This was an organization that wanted to keep slavery not only in the southern states, but also in Mexico and Central America, with Havana, Cuba as the headquarters. Did you know there was a cell of that organization right here in Pleasanton?
Due to the recall of the United States soldiers from the military forts along the western frontier, the Indians began coming in force to settle along the frontier. Pleasanton, Atascosa County and the surrounding area were the western frontier.
See the re-enactment of the Indians shooting arrows into the back of one of our first County Commissioners. See the re-enactment of the mustering in of Company “E,” 32nd Regiment of the Volunteer Texas Cavalry of the Confederate States of America. This muster was done under the oak trees where City Hall is now.
We are still in need of a few more individuals to portray these early pioneers of Atascosa and the surrounding counties. Two or three are short speaking parts and several require men on horses. The re-enactment will be at 10:00 a.m. on March 24, 2012.
Please join our meetings every Monday night at 6:30 p.m. at the Church of Christ Fellowship Hall on Main and Franklin Streets in Pleasanton. Contact Barbara Westbrook at 769-4333 or Norman Porter at 569-2680 for more information.