Near Brackettville in Kinney County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Staff Officers' Quarters
Erected 1990 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 5086.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Notable Buildings. A significant historical year for this entry is 1873.
Location. 29° 18.279′ N, 100° 25.445′ W. Marker is near Brackettville, Texas, in Kinney County. Marker is on Colony Row, 0.1 miles west of Fort Clark Road, on the right when traveling south. Marker is located on Fort Clark Springs in the Fort Clark National Register Historic District and is accessible to the public. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 23-24 Colony Row, Brackettville TX 78832, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. U.S. Army Signal Corps Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Adjutant's Quarters (Quarters #20) (within shouting distance of this marker); Commanding Officer's Quarters (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Officers' Row Quarters (about 800 feet away); Married Officers' Quarters 8-9 (approx. 0.2 miles away); 1873 Infantry Barracks (approx. 0.2 miles away); Officers Quarters 2-3 and 4 (approx. 0.2 miles away); Fort Clark Post Theater (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Brackettville.
Regarding Staff Officers' Quarters. Staff Officers Quarters No.23-24 was built by the United States Army in 1888. This structure is constructed of local limestone and situated at the end of the line of company grade officer's quarters. Today, the property continues to fulfill its original intended purpose of family housing.
In the Fall of 1921 the 5th U.S. Cavalry Regiment conducted a permanent change of station from Camp Marfa to Fort Clark. In the quiet time between the World Wars the 5th Cavalry became indelibly associated with Fort Clark, garrisoning the post for a generation, until 1941. During the 5th Cavalry era several sets of quarters were designated to be occupied by officers assigned specific duty positions.
These Quarters are named for General George S. Patton, Jr., the highest ranking officer to ever occupy them. Patton graduated from West Point in the Class of 1911 and in the summer of 1938 was assigned to command the 5th Cavalry Regiment at Fort Clark. Patton arrived at Fort Clark on July 24, 1938 and sent a note to his wife Beatrice of his initial impressions of his new duty station, "San Antonio is very quaint and I think you will like it ... [Fort] Clark is 138 miles due west ... I think we will like it. Gen J. [Joyce] runs the post and I run the regiment, which makes it very nice. The Joyces were delighted to see me and are more human than [they were] at [Fort] Myer ... All one can do here is to Ride-Read Write & Swim." Patton quickly set about
Credits. This page was last revised on August 27, 2020. It was originally submitted on May 11, 2012, by William F Haenn of Fort Clark (Brackettville), Texas. This page has been viewed 789 times since then and 91 times this year. Last updated on May 19, 2012, by William F Haenn of Fort Clark (Brackettville), Texas. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on May 11, 2012, by William F Haenn of Fort Clark (Brackettville), Texas. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.