Welcome to Texas Confederate Week here at OPOD. We will be looking at individual portraits of Texans who decided to take up arms and fight for Independence. Earlier Texas had successfully fought for its independence from Mexico, and Texans, well, are always up for a good scrap. By 1860 Texans were having grave concerns about their decision to join the Union some 15 years earlier and most were eager to break away.
Today's picture shows a portrait of Texan in the Confederate Army. He is sporting not only a colt revolver, he is carrying a Bowie Knife, which had been popular in Texas since the early 1800's. You have probably heard of the famous Bowie Knife, but when you see a picture of one you might just as well call it a short sword than a long knife. This picture captures the fierce independence which is so much a part of Texas Culture.