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

San Antonio in Bexar County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)

Bullis House


— Gen. John Lampham Bullis —

Bullis House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, August 17, 2010
1. Bullis House Marker
Official Historical Medallion - Texas Historical Commission

Completed in 1909 for Gen. John Lampham Bullis, this Neo-Classical Revival Residence was designed by San Antonio architect Harvey Page. A native of New York, Bullis spent much of his career on the Southwestern frontier. In 1873 he took command of a company of Seminole Scouts, whose success in tracking and combating Indian Raiders attracted national attention. Gen. Bullis, for whom nearby Camp Bullis is named, lived here until death in 1911.

Recorded Texas Historic Landmark - 1983
Erected 1983 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 568.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Notable BuildingsWars, US Indian. In addition, it is included in the Buffalo Soldiers series list.
Location. 29° 26.571′ N, 98° 27.881′ W. Marker is in San Antonio, Texas, in Bexar County. Marker is at the intersection of Pierce St. and E. Grayson St. on Pierce St.. Marker is
Bullis House Marker - on the porch wall, to the right of entrance image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, August 8, 2010
2. Bullis House Marker - on the porch wall, to the right of entrance
on the porch of the Bullis House which is now the known as the "Bullis House Inn" which is presently headquarters of the San Antonio International Hostel. The building is across East Garrison Street from Fort Sam Houston. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 621 Pierce St, San Antonio TX 78208, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within one mile of this marker, measured as the crow flies. M-59 Armored Personnel Carrier (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); M-48 Medium Tank 90mm "Patton" (about 400 feet away); Ft. Sam Houston Quadrangle and Staff Post (about 400 feet away); M-56 Howitzer 105mm Towed (Yugoslavia) (about 400 feet away); M-1905 Field Gun (about 500 feet away); Sam Houston House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Tether Wall (approx. 0.3 miles away); Ludwig Mahncke (approx. 1.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in San Antonio.
Also see . . .
1. Bullis House Inn Bed & Breakfast - History. (Submitted on August 30, 2010, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
2. Handbook of Texas: John Lampham Bullis. ... Bullis enlisted as a corporal in the 126th New York Volunteer Infantry on August 8, 1862, and subsequently participated in several of the most important actions of the Civil War. At the battle of Harper's Ferry in September 1862 he was wounded and captured. He rejoined his regiment after exchange, was again wounded and captured at the battle of Gettysburg,
Gen. John Lampham Bullis image. Click for full size.
National Archives
3. Gen. John Lampham Bullis
and spent the following ten months confined to the notorious Libby Prison in Virginia. Having again been exchanged for Confederate prisoners in the spring of 1864, he joined the 118th United States Infantry, Colored, and received the rank of captain. He participated in a number of major combats around Richmond, Virginia, during the remaining months of the war. Bullis reenlisted in the regular army as a second lieutenant on September 3, 1867, and returned to Texas, where his Civil War regiment had been stationed for Reconstruction duty following the war's end. Garrison assignments in coastal Texas provided little chance for military action or promotion, and so in November 1869 he was transferred by request to the new Twenty-fourth Infantry, composed of white officers and black enlisted men. Although the initial years of service along the lower Rio Grande border proved fairly routine, Bullis participated in a number of operations against small Indian raiding parties and cattle rustlers. More important, while stationed at Fort Clark in 1873, he received command of a special troop of Black Seminole scouts that had been mustered three years earlier. Because of their intimate knowledge of the terrain in Coahuila, Mexico, the scouts were assigned to Col. Ranald S. Mackenzie's expedition in 1873 against renegade Kickapoo camps at Remolino. Bullis and his twenty
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scouts distinguished themselves in battle and played an important role in Mackenzie's withdrawal to Texas. ... (Submitted on August 30, 2010, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.) 
Additional keywords. Government Hill Historic District; Bullis House Inn; San Antonio International Hostel; Black Indians; Seminole Negroes; 118th U.S.C.I.; USCT; 24th Infantry Regiment, U.S.A.; Buffalo Soldiers.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on August 30, 2010, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. This page has been viewed 1,089 times since then and 34 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on August 30, 2010, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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