DATE: 29 April 2012
CONTACT: Denice Harlan
PHONE: (979) 542-3455
AUSTIN, TX – On April 29, Ben Thompson’s life will be recognized, honored and discussed by experts, authors and descendants for the first time in history. Six organizations, The Austin History Center, The Ben Thompson Preservation Foundation, The Giddings Area Chamber of Commerce, The Sons of Confederate Veterans, The Former Texas Rangers Foundation and The Wild West History Association, will celebrate and honor Ben Thompson’s life as a Confederate soldier, gunfighter and Austin City Marshal.
Beginning at 1:30 p.m., The Sons of Confederate Veterans, Major George W. Littlefield Camp 59, will host a graveside Confederate service to honor the family of Ben Thompson at the Oakwood Cemetery in Austin, Texas. The tribute will include the posting of colors, a 21 musket & cannon salute, and the unveiling of a bronze footstone and Confederate Southern Cross. The Oakwood Cemetery is located at 1601 Navasota Street.
Immediately following the graveside marker dedication at the Oakwood Cemetery, the Austin History Center will host a history conference with an exhibit of artifacts and photos. Special guest speakers, including Thompson family members will be speaking on the life of Ben Thompson and will be available for a question-and-answer session. Authors will have their books for sale. The Austin History Center is located at 810 Guadalupe Street.
There were few men on the western frontier who took part in more historic events or crowded more drama into a forty-year life-span than did Ben Thompson. Ben was a Confederate cavalry officer, major in the Emperor Maximilian’s army, Indian fighter, gambler in most every cow town in the west and served as Austin’s city marshal.
The event is open to the public. Members of the Press and special guests please RSVP.