Monday, December 21, 2009

FORT STOCKTON, TX

Fort Stockton was established in 1858 by the Army. It was named for Commodore Robert Field Stockton, a naval officer (which I found funny since it was an Army Fort) who had distinguished himself during the Mexican War.

The fort protected travelers and settlers on the trails that made use of the abundant water supply of Comanche Springs.

The Army withdrew from Texas during the Civil War and abandned Camp Stockton in 1861. In 1867 the fort was garrisoned by four companies of the 9th Calvary. The 9th Calvary was a regiment of black men who enlisted in the Army after th Civil War. The Indians called these soldiers "Buffalo Soldiers"

The fort was abandoned in 1886 as the frontier moved west.

2 comments:

  1. How do you keep a people down? ‘Never' let them 'know' their history.

    Keep telling that history; read some great military history.

    The 7th Cavalry got their butts in a sling again after the Little Big Horn Massacre, fourteen years later, the day after the Wounded Knee Massacre. If it wasn't for the 9th Cavalry Buffalo Soldiers, there would of been a second massacre of the 7th Cavalry. Read the book, “Rescue at Pine Ridge”, and visit website/great military history, http://www.rescueatpineridge.com

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