Near Van in Van Zandt County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Battle of the Neches
(Site 15 Miles Southeast)
Main engagement of Cherokee War; fought July 15 and 16, 1839, between 800 Indians (including Delawares and Shawnees) and 500 troops of the Republic of Texas.
An extraordinary fact is that David G. Burnet, vice president of the Republic; Albert Sidney Johnston, Secretary of War; and two other high officials took active parts in the fighting.
When killed, Chief Bowles, the aged Cherokee leader, carried a sword given him by Gen. Sam Houston. After the defeat of the tribes, they scattered, thus virtually ending Indian troubles in the settled eastern part of Texas.
Erected 1968 by State Historical Survey Committee. (Marker Number 11380.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Wars, US Indian. A significant historical date for this entry is July 15, 1784.
Location. 32° 30.826′ N, 95° 41.12′ W. Marker is near Van, Texas, in Van Zandt County. Marker can be reached from Interstate 20 at milepost 538, on the right when traveling east. Marker is located at a rest area on the I-20 eastbound lanes between Exits 537 and 540; marker can Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Van TX 75790, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Free State of Van Zandt (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Brady P. Gentry (approx. 0.2 miles away); Morgan G. Sanders (approx. 4.8 miles away); Alamo Institute (approx. 4.8 miles away); Ben Wheeler Community (approx. 4.9 miles away); Van Zandt County (approx. 9.9 miles away); Van Zandt County Poor Farm (approx. 10˝ miles away); Hillcrest Cemetery (approx. 10.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Van.
Also see . . .
1. Battle of the Neches. From the Texas State Historical Association’s “Handbook of Texas Online”. (Submitted on August 12, 2015.)
2. Battle of the Neches - Wikipedia entry. (Submitted on August 12, 2015.)
Credits. This page was last revised on November 29, 2020. It was originally submitted on August 12, 2015, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 559 times since then and 95 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on August 12, 2015, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.