Near Brackettville in Kinney County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Site of Original Post Cemetery
Erected 2011 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 16860.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Cemeteries & Burial Sites. A significant historical month for this entry is May 1873.
Location. 29° 18.03′ N, 100° 25.167′ W. Marker is near Brackettville, Texas, in Kinney County. Marker is on Travis Road, on the left when traveling east. The marker is located on Fort Clark Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Brackettville TX 78832, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. John Horse (within shouting distance of this marker); 1873 Infantry Barracks (approx. 0.3 miles away); Palisado Building Kitchen / Mess Room (approx. 0.3 miles away); Fort Clark Guardhouse (approx. 0.3 miles away); Fort Clark Post Theater (approx. 0.3 miles away); New Cavalry Barracks (approx. 0.4 miles away); Juan A. Avila 1921-2008 (approx. 0.4 miles away); Adjutant's Quarters (Quarters #20) (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Brackettville.
More about this marker. The site is now in adaptive reuse as the Mascot Dog Park.
Regarding Site of Original Post Cemetery. The remains of Fort Clark’s original post cemetery lie to the south and east of the fort’s National Register Historic District. At the site is a 110’ x 258’ limestone walled enclosure which was once the resting place for over ninety souls, soldiers, civilians, and unknowns from the fort’s earliest period of service, 1856 until the early 1880s. The site is compellingly linked to Fort Clark’s significant contribution to United States Army heritage.
Fort Clark quietly and unceremoniously slipped into history and out of active service on August 28, 1944. The Corps of Engineers served as caretakers until the venerable post was declared surplus and sold for salvage to
The task of removing all remains from both post cemeteries was accomplished with military precision by a graves registration unit and local laborers. Using cemetery records, as each body was recovered, an identity was established. Existing headstones were pushed into the now empty graves. Several recovered headstones from the original post cemetery are now located on the fort grounds at the Empty Saddle statue and at the Old Guardhouse Museum.
Final accounting for the remains from Fort Clark’s post cemeteries can be verified from the Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery – VA Form 40-4972 National Cemetery Data, dated 30 September 1977, Facts of Special Historical Significance: Remains from abandoned post cemeteries in Texas; i.e. Ft. Clark (345), Fort Clark unknowns reinterred September 24, 1946, Section PE: Site 23, 43 Army;
The sturdy walls of the now empty original post cemetery stand in silent testament to the principle which defines Fort Clark’s durability, “… build it to last!”
Credits. This page was last revised on August 27, 2020. It was originally submitted on May 4, 2012, by William F Haenn of Fort Clark (Brackettville), Texas. This page has been viewed 879 times since then and 35 times this year. Last updated on May 17, 2012, by William F Haenn of Fort Clark (Brackettville), Texas. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on May 4, 2012, by William F Haenn of Fort Clark (Brackettville), Texas. 3. submitted on May 15, 2012, by William F Haenn of Fort Clark (Brackettville), Texas. 4. submitted on May 4, 2012, by William F Haenn of Fort Clark (Brackettville), Texas. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.