Kingsville in Kleberg County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Taylor Camp Site, 1846
In 1846 Zachary Taylor's army marched from Corpus Christi to the Rio Grande. On March 10, 11, 12, 13, the four regiments in succession camped at this spot on Santa Gertrudis Creek.
War with Mexico over the boundary of Texas began soon. The first battles-–Palo Alto and Resaca de la Palma–-occurred near present Brownsville. General Mariano Arista led the Mexican army.
The results of the war: the boundary of Texas was fixed at the Rio Grande; the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo gave the United States New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada, and California; a notable group of men got training for later public service. Of the 251 officers camped here, many rose to national fame.
Many who camped here became commanders of great armies in the Civil War. Among them: Angur, Bee, Bragg, Kirby-Smith,
Two of them--Zachary Taylor and Ulysses Simpson Grant--became President of the United States.
Erected 1964 by State Historical Survey Committee & Kleberg County Historical Survey Committee. (Marker Number 5206.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: War, Mexican-American • War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #12 Zachary Taylor series list.
Location. 27° 29.257′ N, 97° 52.077′ W. Marker is in Kingsville, Texas, in Kleberg County. Marker is on South 6th Street (Business U.S. 77) south of Cecil Avenue, on the right when traveling south. Marker is located in a wide grassy area between the highway and the railroad tracks. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 111 W General Cavazos Blvd, Kingsville TX 78363, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 6 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Uriah Lott (approx. 2 miles away); The Kingsville Railroad Depot (approx. 2 miles away); Englishmen in South Texas, 1568 (approx. 2.1 miles away); Bishop (approx. 7.9 miles away); U.S. Army March to Rio Grande, 1846 (approx. 9.6 miles away); 1766 Exploration of Diego Ortiz Parilla (approx. 9.6 miles away).
More about this marker. The marker is significantly weathered and somewhat difficult to read.
Also see . . .
1. Taylor's Trail. Taylor's Trail, the route taken by Gen. Zachary Taylor's army of occupation from the Nueces River to the Rio Grande during the Mexican War, was one of the most important paths of conquest used by an American army on American soil. Composed of nearly 4,000 troops, Taylor's army marched 174 miles in twenty days during March 1846, along a route from Corpus Christi to the bank of the Rio Grande opposite Matamoros. (Submitted on May 19, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
2. Polk orders Zachary Taylor to the Border. President Polk ordered General Zachary Taylor into the disputed area on August 30 with the seventh regiment of infantry and three companies of dragoons (Dragoon is the traditional name for a soldier trained to fight on foot but who transports himself on horseback) and militia from Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Tennessee, and Kentucky, about 4,000 in all. General Taylor, in pursuance of orders, commenced his march into the Mexican territory. Not an American, not a Texan was to be found South of Corpus Christi. After proceeding through the desert about one hundred miles, he met "small armed parties of Mexicans who seemed disposed to avoid us." (Submitted on May 19, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
Credits. This page was last revised on May 2, 2020. It was originally submitted on May 19, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 159 times since then and 34 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on May 19, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. 4, 5. submitted on May 2, 2020, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.