“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”

Sierra Blanca in Hudspeth County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)

Fort Quitman


Fort Quitman, C.S.A. Marker image. Click for full size.
By Zacharias Beau T, May 19, 2011
1. Fort Quitman, C.S.A. Marker
The marker for Fort Quitman is located by the truly dusty streets of Sierra Blanca under the shadow reign of Sierra Blanca Peak (6,889 ft. above sea-level). However the true Fort Quitman, now in ruins, is several miles southwest.
Site 16 miles southwest on Rio Grande on old military and stage road from San Antonio to El Paso. When U.S. posts were surrendered at outbreak of civil war, designated part confederate far western frontier defense line. Occupied by unit of Texas mounted rifles. On supply and communication line for troops to and from 1861-1862 Arizona-New Mexico campaign designed to make the Confederacy an ocean to ocean nation. Occupied briefly by Union troops from California, August 1862.
A memorial to Texans who served the Confederacy
Erected by the State of Texas 1863

Texas Civil War Frontier Defense
90,000 Texas troops served the South. Source of supply and gateway to vital trade thru Mexico, Texas was storehouse of the western Confederacy. Texas also had to guard a 2000 mile frontier and coastline from Union troops and the constant threat of savage Indians. 400 miles east, frontier defenders set up a line of camps, separated by a day's ride, from the Red River to the Rio Grande. A few Confederate troops joined by rangers, the organized militia, and citizens' posses held on until war's end though short
Fort Quitman, C.S.A. Marker Reverse image. Click for full size.
By Zacharias Beau T, May 19, 2011
2. Fort Quitman, C.S.A. Marker Reverse
on mounts and arms.
Erected 1963 by State of Texas. (Marker Number 2007.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the San Antonio-El Paso Road series list.
Location. 31° 10.782′ N, 105° 21.445′ W. Marker is in Sierra Blanca, Texas, in Hudspeth County. Marker is on Millican Street, on the right when traveling west. Off exits 108 (from east) or 107 (from west) Interstate 10. Marker is located on the courthouse grounds. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 109 Millican Street, Sierra Blanca TX 79851, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 7 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Hudspeth County Courthouse (a few steps from this marker); Sierra Blanca Methodist Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); America's Second Transcontinental Railroad (approx. 0.4 miles away); Hudspeth County (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Killing of General J. J. Byrne (approx. 0.4 miles away); August Fransal (approx. 0.4 miles away); Claude Hudspeth (approx. 8.4 miles away).
Fort Quitman Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, October 21, 2012
3. Fort Quitman Marker
Hudspeth County Courthouse image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, October 21, 2012
4. Hudspeth County Courthouse
Fort Quitman Marker is at the far right by the flag pole.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 8, 2018. It was originally submitted on April 7, 2012, by Zacharias Beau T of Alpine, Texas. This page has been viewed 560 times since then and 33 times this year. Last updated on June 4, 2018, by Brian Anderson of Atascocita, Texas. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on April 7, 2012, by Zacharias Beau T of Alpine, Texas.   3, 4. submitted on October 31, 2012, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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