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“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Decatur in Wise County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)

Battle of the Knobs


Battle of the Knobs Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James R. Murray, September 19, 2017
1. Battle of the Knobs Marker
Inscription.  On November 10, 1837, a company of eighteen Republic of Texas soldiers led by Lt. A.B. Benthuysen engaged in a battle with approximately 150 Indians near this site. Ten Texas soldiers were killed in the battle, and the Indian casualties were estimated at fifty. The Texans killed were Alexander Bostwick, Jesse Blair, James Christian, Joseph Cooper, J. Josslin, A. H. Miles, William Nicholson, Wesley Nicholson, William Sanders, and Lewis F. Sheuster. The geologic feature known as the Knobs serves as a memorial to the soldiers who were left on the battlefield.
Erected 1967 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 333.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Wars, US Indian. A significant historical date for this entry is November 10, 1837.
Location. 33° 15.926′ N, 97° 35.612′ W. Marker is near Decatur, Texas, in Wise County. Marker is on Old Decatur Road, 1.1 miles west of Farm to Market Road 730, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Decatur TX 76234, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Butterfield Overland Stage Line (approx.
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1.8 miles away); St. John Missionary Baptist Church (approx. 2 miles away); East Side Elementary School (approx. 2 miles away); Gose Trees (approx. 2.1 miles away); First National Bank of Decatur (approx. 2.2 miles away); Colonel Absalom Bishop (approx. 2.2 miles away); Wise County Courthouse (approx. 2.2 miles away); Captain George W. Stevens (approx. 2.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Decatur.
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Credits. This page was last revised on September 20, 2017. It was originally submitted on September 20, 2017, by James R. Murray of Elkton, Florida. This page has been viewed 447 times since then and 143 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on September 20, 2017, by James R. Murray of Elkton, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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