On Sept. 26, 1866, a special joint committee of the Texas House and Senate submitted its official report on the recent tragedy in Brenham to the governor.

Brenham was spared the hard times that the Civil War brought to communities across the South. On the contrary, the town today best known for the Blue Bell creamery experienced an economic boom and population surge that transformed it into the largest and most prosperous in the Confederacy’s westernmost state.

Bartee Haile writes This Week In Texas History which appears every Sunday. He welcomes your comments and questions barteehaile@gmail.com or P.O. Box 130011, Spring, TX 77393 and invites you to visit his website at barteehaile.com .

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