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Del Rio in Val Verde County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Seminole-Negro Scouts

 
 
Seminole Negro Scouts Marker image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, August 9, 2010
1. Seminole Negro Scouts Marker
Inscription. Serving with the U. S. Army at Forts Duncan and Clark and Camp Del Rio (1870-1881), the Scouts were key figures in ridding Texas of hostile Indians.

The 100 Scouts were mainly descendants of runaway slaves who had intermarried with the Florida Seminoles, later moved to Oklahoma Indian Territory.

They were invaluable because of their uncanny trailing skill, bravery, and ability to survive on meager rations (including rattlesnakes) during months of tracking. During an 8-year span of fighting under Lt. J. L. Bullis, not one Scout was killed.
 
Erected 1968 by Texas State Historical Survey Committee. (Marker Number 4639.)
 
Location. 29° 21.078′ N, 100° 53.886′ W. Marker is in Del Rio, Texas, in Val Verde County. Marker is on S. Main Street south of E. Duke Street., on the left when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is on the sidewalk in front of the Old Perry Building at the entrance to the Whitehead Memorial Museum. S. Main Street is one block west of Pecan Street and the museum is approximately one mile south of downtown Del Rio and West Garfield Street (U.S. Hwy. 277). Marker is at or near this postal address: 1308 S. Main Street., Del Rio TX 78840, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are
Seminole Negro Scouts Marker image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, August 9, 2010
2. Seminole Negro Scouts Marker
In shadow on left, at entrance to the Whitehead Memorial Museum.
within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Old Perry Building (here, next to this marker); Roy Bean, C. S. A. (here, next to this marker); The Cassinelli Gin House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Camp Hudson, C.S.A. (approx. half a mile away); Val Verde County Courthouse Square (approx. 0.6 miles away); Operation Brass Knob (approx. 1.2 miles away); The Carter Family In Del Rio (approx. 1.3 miles away); Site of Camp Del Rio (approx. 1.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Del Rio.
 
Also see . . .  Black Seminole Indians - The Handbook of Texas Online. (Submitted on August 28, 2010, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
 
Additional keywords. Black Indians; Whitehead Memorial Museum.
 
Categories. African AmericansMilitaryNative AmericansWars, US Indian
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. This page has been viewed 823 times since then and 9 times this year. Last updated on , by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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