Comanche in Comanche County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
General Ashbel Smith, C.S.A.
(1805 - 1886)
Born in Connecticut. Graduated at 19 from Yale. Studied medicine in France, where friends were Revolutionary War hero Lafayette and inventor Samuel F. B. Morse. As a North Carolina doctor he later took interest in politics and government.
Came to Texas 1837. Was made Surgeon-General of Army. As headright (settler's land bounty) and pay for army service, obtained in 1839 Comanche County tract on South Leon River, near this site.
Was sent to England and France, 1842, as Texas charge d'affaires. In Cabinet of President Anson Jones, was last Secretary of State of Republic of Texas.
Served in U.S. Army in Mexican War. As member of Texas Legislature, 1855-1857, worked in behalf of schools and railroads.
Won Civil War citations for bravery. Commanded 2nd Texas Infantry. Built defenses and helped to save Texas Coast from Federal invasion. In 1865, at the end of the war, served as one of commissioners empowered to negotiate peace terms for Texas.
Was elected to Legislature in 1865 and in 1877. Serving as first chairman of Board of Regents of University of Texas, set ideals of scholarship.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Government & Politics • Science & Medicine • War, Mexican-American • War, US Civil.
Location. 31° 53.853′ N, 98° 36.285′ W. Marker is in Comanche, Texas, in Comanche County. Marker is at the intersection of Central Avenue (U.S. 67/377) and Houston Street, on the right when traveling west on Central Avenue. Marker is next to the Fleming Oak in Bicentennial Park, at the southwest corner of the courthouse square. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 101 West Central Avenue, Comanche TX 76442, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Indian Raid in Comanche (here, next to this marker); Fleming Oak (here, next to this marker); Robert Thomas Hill (here, next to this marker); Bicentennial Park (here, next to this marker); Old Cora Courthouse (here, next to this marker); Water on South Side of Square (a few steps from this marker); Calaboose and rock with irons (a few steps from this marker); Veterans Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Comanche.
Also see . . .
1. Ashbel Smith Bio. (Submitted on March 13, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. A Guide to the Ashbel Smith Papers at UT Austin . (Submitted on March 13, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Credits. This page was last revised on August 27, 2020. It was originally submitted on March 13, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 485 times since then and 33 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on March 13, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.