Comfort soon became the center of the Freethinker movement as the immigrants were drawn by the abundance of water and lumber. The mild
weather year round contributed to the success of their crops. The settlement enjoyed a high degree of success. However when the Civil War broke out in April of 1862, the Freethinkers were adamantly opposed to the Confederate cause and being conscripted into the Confederate army. They sided wholeheartedly with the Union cause and Sam Houston. Martial law was declared in Texas in May of 1862 largely due to the perceived resistance in the Hill Country. Although a large number of them ended up being conscripted into the Confederate forces, many of them fled to Mexico to wait out the war. Not all of them made it across the
border, because Confederate troops encountered them at the Nueces and Rio Grande rivers and killed them. A memorial was erected in Comfort to these 36 men who were Union sympathizers.
The Freethinker movement in this country never recovered from the tragic consequences of the Civil War to their community. They brought sterling ideas of freedom from religious, political, social and economic tyranny, but they never gained a strong foothold in this country.
Today, Comfort is a quaint tourist village with boutique shops, restaurants, and bed and breakfasts. It is a perfect place to spend a couple of days for rest and relaxation, before heading to San Antonio for more exciting activities, like Fiesta Texas.
As for our ministry in the town of Comfort, when I look back on it, I realize now that spiritual forces of darkness had a stronghold in that area. We were very naive about that kind of thing. During our time there we encountered issues that came against our marriage as well as our ministry. If we had it to do over again, I would hope we would be much more alert to the agenda of the enemy.
Have you ever been to the Hill Country of Texas?
Golden Keyes Parsons is a multi-published historical fiction author. She and her husband are retired pastors who live in Waco, TX. She enjoys speaking to women about the faithfulness of God. www.goldenkeyesparsons.com