When the white man came, the oaks learned the ways of the new race and in times of trouble the white settlers sought comfort beneath their branches. It is related that the oaks brought solace to an old man whose only son had been killed in the war.
With the Civil war came the Northern troops. When word was received that they were in Galveston, the hill of oaks was destroyed so that a fortress might be erected to protect the Capitol. . . . All the oaks except the well-known three were sacrificed.
The University grew and the oaks became a favorite spot of the students. In the early days of the Institution, when men and women students were not allowed the freedom they now enjoy, the oaks served as a favorite meeting place."
When plans were being made to build the Biology building about 1923, the three oaks again became endangered. This time Dr. J. W. Battle took up their cause. The story is that he sat out with a shotgun under their branches and defied the administration axe. The Biology building was located farther east and the trees were saved.
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