TIES TO THE CON­FED­ER­ACY

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Cam­puses un­der con­sid­er­a­tion for name changes:

John T. Al­lan fa­cil­ity (for­mer Al­lan El­e­men­tary), named for John T. Al­lan, an of­fi­cer in the Con­fed­er­ate Army. Al­lan was born in Scot­land and was a district at­tor­ney in Louisiana be­fore he be­came Texas state trea­surer. He was once ac­cused of steal­ing money from the trea­sury but was ac­quit­ted. He was a board mem­ber at the Texas School for the Deaf.

Ful­more Mid­dle School, named for Zachary Tay­lor Ful­more, a pri­vate in the Con­fed­er­ate Army. Ful­more, a lawyer, was a Travis County judge. He also was a board mem­ber at the Texas School for the Blind. Along with his one-time law part­ner, Ful­more helped in the cam­paign for pub­lic schools in Austin and was a long­time school board mem­ber. He was a chair­man of the board at the Texas Con­fed­er­ate Home.

Lanier High School, named for Sid­ney Lanier, a noted poet and mu­si­cian who fought for the Con­fed­er­acy. Lanier, a Georgia na­tive, prac­ticed law with his fa­ther. He wrote an anti-war mem­oir about his ser­vice in the Con­fed­er­ate Army. Rea­gan High School, named for John H. Rea­gan, the Con­fed­er­acy’s post­mas­ter gen­eral. Rea­gan was a Texas Demo­cratic Party leader. In May 1865, Rea­gan was cap­tured and placed in soli­tary con­fine­ment at Fort War­ren in Bos­ton har­bor. He re­turned to Texas af­ter his re­lease. East­side Me­mo­rial High School at the Johnston cam­pus, named for Con­fed­er­ate Gen. Al­bert S. Johnston. He was killed in 1862 at the Bat­tle of Shiloh. First buried in New Or­leans, his re­mains were trans­ferred for burial in the Texas State Ceme­tery in Austin.

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