Photographer's Note

While I await my proposed 'Historical' category... 'event', 'decisive moment' and 'festival' will have to do here.

I was in Texas attending a wedding of good friends, which was held at a historical ranch outside Houston in Richmond, TX. The George Historical Ranch is, according to their website, "a living history museum that tracks four generations of one family over one hundred years of Texas history." With areas of the ranch devoted to the 1830s (focused on the Mexican American War), the 1860s (focused on the American Civil War), the 1890s (including a wonderful vintage baseball game) and the 1930s (focus on the Great Depression), it is a lovely little walk through Texas History. The ranch happened to be holding a festival called Texian Market Days that weekend, and so there were plenty of events, including a Civil War Re-enactment. Of course, as we were in the old South (Texas was a Confederate state during the war), the Confederacy were clearly seen as the good guys and defenders in this re-enactment. As comparatively little fighting happened in Texas during the war, the re-enactment was correspondingly small; one rebel cannon and three or four men with carbine rifles on each side. Naturally, given the whooping and hollering of the crowd, the Confederacy 'won' this round, before Union and Confederate soldiers alike picked themselves up from their pretend graves and mingled with the crowd.

Here, a Civil War era cannon is fired off. The three flags flying in the shot are, in order: The 'Stars and Bars', the first official flag of the Confederate States of America; the Confederate Battle Flag, now the most famous of the Confederate flags; and the Texan flag. The middle I only post as it is historically accurate; that flag is rightfully seen now as a symbol of hate toward the United States' black population as it was essentially a symbol o slavery and of racial oppression during and especially after the war.

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