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Eagle Pass in Maverick County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Fort Duncan

 
 
Fort Duncan Marker image. Click for full size.
By William F Haenn, June 8, 2012
1. Fort Duncan Marker
Inscription. Established March 27, 1849, by Capt. Sidney Burbank with companies A, B, and F, First U.S. Infantry. Name honors Col. James Duncan, a hero of the Mexican War.

Fort served as frontier outpost near trail of California emigrants; base of operations against hostile Lipan Apache Indians. In 1851 it became the headquarters of the First Infantry. By 1856 garrison included units of Mounted Rifles and First Artillery. Abandoned May 1859, post was regarrisoned in March 1860 because of border assaults by Juan N. Cortina, desperado of the area. At outbreak of the Civil War, 1861, fort was again abandoned, only to be occupied later as “Rio Grande Station,” by Confederate forces.

In 1868 Fort Duncan was regarrisoned by the 9th Infantry and Headquarters Company of 41st Infantry, under Col. William R. Shafter. Seminole-Negro Scouts, organized here Aug. 16, 1870, played a large part in ridding western Texas of Indians. After 1883, post declined in importance; known as Camp Eagle Pass, it was abandoned about 1900. Mexican border troubles in 1916 again brought reoccupation; its use as a training camp continued during World War I.

In 1938 the fort property was purchased by City of Eagle Pass, for use as park and recreation area.
 
Erected 1970 by State Historical Survey
Fort Duncan Post Headquarters Building and Museum image. Click for full size.
By William F Haenn, June 8, 2012
2. Fort Duncan Post Headquarters Building and Museum
Marker is directly in front of this building.
Committee. (Marker Number 1979.)
 
Location. 28° 42.148′ N, 100° 30.173′ W. Marker is in Eagle Pass, Texas, in Maverick County. Marker is at the intersection of Bliss Street and Shafter St, on the left when traveling east on Bliss Street. Click for map. The marker is directly in front of the post headquarters building and museum. Marker is in this post office area: Eagle Pass TX 78852, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 2 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named Fort Duncan (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Fort Duncan Infantry Barracks (about 800 feet away).
 
Categories. African AmericansForts, CastlesHispanic AmericansNative Americans
 
Fort Duncan Powder Magazine with the Commanding Officer's Qtrs in the distance image. Click for full size.
By William F Haenn, June 8, 2012
3. Fort Duncan Powder Magazine with the Commanding Officer's Qtrs in the distance
View is directly across the street from the marker location.
Fort Duncan Commissary Building image. Click for full size.
By William F Haenn, June 8, 2012
4. Fort Duncan Commissary Building
Clearly visible only 100 yds from the marker location.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William F Haenn of Fort Clark (Brackettville), Texas. This page has been viewed 399 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by William F Haenn of Fort Clark (Brackettville), Texas. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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