San Angelo in Tom Green County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Major Ben Ficklin, C.S.A.
(1827 - 1871)
Was a soldier and State quartermaster in Virginia at start of Civil War. Appointed Confederate purchasing agent, his swagger and success in Europe excited Federal envy. Personally ran blockade and passed through New York and Washington on secret missions.
In 1867 was awarded U.S. contract for weekly mail run from Fort Smith, Ark., to San Antonio and El Paso. Had his operational headquarters 3 miles below Fort Concho. Owned 640 acres of land here. Built corrals, blacksmith shop, storage rooms, adobe house, kitchen and commissary. On a visit to Washington, died of swallowing fish bone. Was buried in Charlottesville, Va. Associates carried on the mail stage runs. Later named town near Fort Concho for the late major.
“Benficklin” was first county seat of Tom Green, serving until it was destroyed by flood in 1882.
Erected 1965 by Texas State Historical Survey Committee. (Marker Number 1593.)
Location. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: San Angelo TX 76904, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Tom Green County (a few steps from this marker); Ben Ficklin Cemetery (within shouting distance of this marker); Site of Ben Ficklin (approx. 0.2 miles away); Chaplain, Major General Robert Preston Taylor (approx. 2.2 miles away); TB-25N Mitchell (approx. 2.2 miles away); Charles B. Metcalfe (approx. 2.3 miles away); BT-13A Valiant (approx. 2.4 miles away); RQ-1K Predator (approx. 2.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in San Angelo.
Also see . . . Benjamin Franklin Ficklin. From the Texas State Historical Associationís “Handbook of Texas Online”. (Submitted on April 10, 2018.)
Categories. • Roads & Vehicles • War, US Civil •
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