Near Juno in Val Verde County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Hood's Devils River Fight
A small band of Indians advanced to meet Hood’s party. Then, throwing down the flag to signal their concealed allies, a group of close to 100 Comanches and Lipan Apaches attached. Outnumbered, and hampered by brush fires set by Indian women, the soldiers were forced into fierce hand-to-hand combat. Outflanked by a force at least three times his number and hemmed in by a wall of fire and smoke to his front, all that Hood could hope for was that superior marksmanship and discipline would prove to be the decisive elements in the fight. The company fell back to reload its weapons, only to hear the loud cries of Comanche women through the smoke
Two cavalrymen, William Barry and Thomas Ryan, were killed, and five others, including Hood, were wounded. A relief unit from Camp Hudson (20 mi. S) arrived the following day, rendering medical aid and helping to bury the dead. Pvt. Ryan was buried at the site, and Pvt. Barry’s body was never found. Later reports revealed that nineteen Indians were killed, and many more wounded. Hood and his men were later cited for valor in Army reports. During the Civil War, Hood became a general in the Confederate States Army.
Erected 1987 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 2556.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Native Americans • War, US Civil • Wars, US Indian. In addition, it is included in the San Antonio-El Paso Road series list. A significant historical month for this entry is July 1861.
Location. 30° 10.574′ N, 101° 5.559′ W. Marker is near Juno, Texas, in Val Verde County. Marker is at the intersection of State Highway 163 and County Road 189, on the right when traveling north on State Highway 163. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Ozona TX 76943, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Credits. This page was last revised on October 17, 2016. It was originally submitted on December 2, 2014, by William F Haenn of Fort Clark (Brackettville), Texas. This page has been viewed 481 times since then and 16 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on December 2, 2014, by William F Haenn of Fort Clark (Brackettville), Texas. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.