SpaceX and last battle of the Civil War
Just a few miles separate the new launch site of SpaceX and last battle of the Civil War, fought at Palmito Hill. Here John Jefferson Williams (1843 – May 13, 1865) became the last soldier to die in a skirmish that took place 37 days after Robert E. Lee surrendered to Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox.
The battle of Palmito Hill was fought on a still lonely stretch of land, four miles from a barely alive ghost town on TX SH 4, which runs from Brownsville to the Gulf of Mexico. Now named Boca Chica Village, this community has gone through three names since it was founded on this far south Texas coast in 1967, just months before Hurricane Beulah paid it a visit. Sounds like in each case, timing was not in Williams or Boca Chica Village’s favor.
Maybe timing is right for Elon Musk SpaceX . This sparsely inhabited stretch of coast is priced right and ready for some recognition. When the SpaceX deal was announced in 2014, it felt like time to visit Palmito Battlefield, Boca Chica Village and the beach that stretched to where the Rio Grande River emptied into the Gulf of Mexico.