Baird in Callahan County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Camp Pecan C.S.A. / Texas Civil War Frontier Defense
This Civil War camp of the Texas Frontier Regiment was located 21 mi. southeast. Established in 1862 as one of a line of posts a days horseback ride apart. The number of men guarding the frontier were few. Trouble came from all directions with Indian threats and raids from the west and plundering renegades and deserters from the east. Food supplies, clothing and horses were constantly scarce, but in spite of all obstacles, these Confederates managed to effectively hold the frontier lines of settlement.
A memorial to Texans who served the Confederacy
Erected by the State of Texas, 1963
Texas Civil War Frontier Defense
Texas made an all-out effort for the Confederacy after voting over 3 to 1 for secession. 90,000 troops noted for mobility and heroic daring fought on every battlefront. An important source of supply and gateway to foreign trade thru Mexico, Texas was the storehouse of the South. Camp Pecan and other posts on this line were backed by patrols of State Rangers, organized militia, and citizen posses scouting from nearby family forts. This was part of a 2000 mile frontier and coastline successfully defended by Texans.
Erected 1963 by State of Texas. (Marker Number
Location. 32° 23.679′ N, 99° 23.675′ W. Marker is in Baird, Texas, in Callahan County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of 4th Street (Business Interstate 20) and Market Street, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is on the grounds of the Callahan County Courthouse. Marker is in this post office area: Baird TX 79504, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Callahan County War Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Callahan County (within shouting distance of this marker); Callahan County Courthouse (within shouting distance of this marker); Historic National Bankhead Highway (within shouting distance of this marker); Pioneers (within shouting distance of this marker); Baby Treaty Oak (within shouting distance of this marker); First Callahan Jail (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); First Presbyterian Church of Baird (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Baird.
Also see . . . Camp Pecan. From the Texas State Historical Association’s “Handbook of Texas Online”. (Submitted on February 13, 2015.)
Categories. • Forts, Castles • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on February 13, 2015, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 304 times since then and 22 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on February 13, 2015, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.