Union Troops Occupy Defeated Texas

June 20, 1865 was a dark day in Houston as Union troops arrived to begin the post- Civil War occupation.

Approximately 50,000 Yankee soldiers spread out across Texas to drive home a painfully clear message:  The South had lost the war and those that had fought on the wrong side had no rights the victors were bound to respect.  The long nightmare known as Reconstruction would last for nine years until the popular election of Richard Coke as governor in 1874.

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