Monday, August 10, 2009

Freidenkers - Anniversary of the Nueces Massacre

On August 10th, 1862 in Kinney County, TX a violent massacre of German Freethinkers (Freidenkers) occurred. Freethinking German Texans immigrated to Central Texas and some settled in Comfort, TX. The community was organized "along cooperative lines" and no church was built there until 1892.

These early Freethinkers sided with the Union and objected to the Confederacy's draft. They were fleeing to Mexico when they were overtaken by the Texas Confederate cavalrymen on the Nueces River. To read more about this historical event, and to find out who is the oldest autonomous Freethinking Society in the United States, go to

Please take a moment today to remember the German Freidenkers who lost their lives 147 years ago.

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