San Angelo in Tom Green County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Major Ben Ficklin, C.S.A.
(1827 - 1871)
Called Mystery Man of the Confederacy. Educated at Virginia Military Institute. At age 18 served as corporal in Mexican War. In 1850’s worked with stagecoach and mail lines from Missouri to San Francisco. Helped to start the Pony Express line in 1860. Promoted idea of the railroad that later was the Union Pacific -- the first to span the U.S.
Was a soldier and State quartermaster in Virginia at start of Civil War. Appointed Confederate purchasing agent, his swagger and success in Europe excited Federal envy. Personally ran blockade and passed through New York and Washington on secret missions.
In 1867 was awarded U.S. contract for weekly mail run from Fort Smith, Ark., to San Antonio and El Paso. Had his operational headquarters 3 miles below Fort Concho. Owned 640 acres of land here. Built corrals, blacksmith shop, storage rooms, adobe house, kitchen and commissary. On a visit to Washington, died of swallowing fish bone. Was buried in Charlottesville, Va. Associates carried on the mail stage runs. Later named town near Fort Concho for the late major.
“Benficklin” was first county seat of Tom Green,
Erected 1965 by State Historical Survey Committee. (Marker Number 1593.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Roads & Vehicles • War, US Civil. A significant historical year for this entry is 1827.
Location. 31° 24.309′ N, 100° 26.369′ W. Marker is in San Angelo, Texas, in Tom Green County. Marker is on S. Bryant Boulevard Frontage 0.1 miles east of Ben Ficklin Road, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: San Angelo TX 76904, 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. Tom Green County (a few steps from this marker); Ben Ficklin Cemetery (within shouting distance of this marker); Site of Ben Ficklin (approx. 0.2 miles away); Kiwanis Little Olympics (approx. 2.2 miles away); Chaplain, Major General Robert Preston Taylor (approx. 2.2 miles away); TB-25N Mitchell (approx. 2.2 miles away); Charles B. Metcalfe (approx. 2.3 miles away); BT-13A Valiant (approx. 2.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in San Angelo.
Also see . . . Benjamin Franklin Ficklin. From the Texas State Historical Association’s “Handbook of Texas Online”. (Submitted on April 10, 2018.)
Credits. This page was last revised on November 29, 2020. It was originally submitted on April 10, 2018, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 110 times since then and 7 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on April 10, 2018, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.