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Del Rio in Val Verde County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Medal of Honor Fight, 1875

 
 
Medal of Honor Fight, 1875 Marker image. Click for full size.
By William F Haenn, May 29, 2012
1. Medal of Honor Fight, 1875 Marker
Inscription. In the 1870s, the U.S. Army relied on Black Seminole (Seminole-Negro) Indian scouts in campaigns against raiding Native Americans along the Texas-Mexico border. In April 1875, Lt. John L. Bullis and three scouts -- Sergeant John Ward, Private Pompey Factor and Trumpeter Isaac Payne -- left Fort Clark to scout for raiders in this area. After four days, they found a fresh trail and on April 25, within a half-mile of this site, they engaged a party of about 30 Comanche Indians with dozens of horses. Outgunned and outnumbered, the scouts withdrew, but Bullis' horse bolted, stranding him. Factor and Payne provided cover fire, and Ward rescued his Lieutenant. The three Seminole scouts later received Medals of Honor for their gallantry.
 
Erected 2006 by State Historical Survey Committee. (Marker Number 13504.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Medal of Honor Recipients marker series.
 
Location. 29° 42.371′ N, 101° 21.201′ W. Marker is in Del Rio, Texas, in Val Verde County. Marker can be reached from U.S. 90. Touch for map. From Del Rio take US 90 about 45-50 mile West to bridge. In roadside park - Entrance off of US 90 W leads to picnic area/park. Marker is in this post office area: Del Rio TX 78840, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
Medal of Honor Fight, 1875 Marker with Pecos River below image. Click for full size.
By William F Haenn, May 29, 2012
2. Medal of Honor Fight, 1875 Marker with Pecos River below
View is looking downstream towards the mouth of the Pecos where it joins the Rio Grande. The low hills of old Mexico are in the distance. The MOH fight took place beyond the ridge on the left of the photo.
At least 8 other markers are within 14 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Pecos River High Bridge (here, next to this marker); The Pecos River in Literature and Folklore (a few steps from this marker); Near Site, Southern Pacific Ceremony of Silver Spike (approx. 4.6 miles away); Site of Vinegarroon (approx. 4.6 miles away); Railroad Bridges Over the Pecos (approx. 4.6 miles away); Comstock (approx. 11 miles away); Eagle’s Nest (approx. 14 miles away); Robert Thomas Hill (approx. 14 miles away).
 
More about this marker. Marker was in a scenic overlook off US Hwy 90 at Pecos River Canyon. That marker could not be found during a recent visit to the site, and it seems to have been removed or relocated. Text above was retrieved from the Texas Historical Commission's website.
 
Categories. African AmericansCemeteries & Burial Sites
 
Pompey Factor grave marker. image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, October 18, 2003
3. Pompey Factor grave marker.
He is buried in Seminole Scout Cemetery, Brackettville TX. His grave GPS coordinates are N29.2732 W100.4425. His Medal of Honor information and citation is: FACTOR, POMPEY • Rank and organization: Private, Indian Scouts • Place and date: At Pecos River, Tex., 25 April 1875 • Date of issue: 28 May 1875 Citation: With 3 other men, he participated in a charge against 25 hostiles while on a scouting patrol.
Issac Payne grave marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, October 18, 2003
4. Issac Payne grave marker
He is buried in Seminole Scout Cemetery, Brackettville TX. His grave GPS coordinates are N29.2727 W100.4428. His Medal of Honor information and Medal of Honor citation is: PAYNE, ISAAC • Rank and organization: Trumpeter, Indian Scouts • Place and date: At Pecos River, Tex., 25 April 1875 • Date of issue: 28 May 1875 Citation: With 3 other men, he participated in a charge against 25 hostiles while on a scouting patrol.
John Ward grave marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, October 18, 2003
5. John Ward grave marker
He is buried in Seminole Indian Scout Cemetery, Brackettville TX. His grave GPS coordinates are N29.2724 W100.4425. His Medal of Honor information and citation is: WARD, JOHN • Rank and organization: Sergeant, 24th U.S. Infantry Indian Scouts • Place and date: At Pecos River, Tex., 25 April 1875 • Entered service at. Fort Duncan, Tex. • Date of issue: 28 May 1875 Citation. With 3 other men, he participated in a charge against 25 hostiles while on a scouting patrol.
Lieutenant John L. Bullis image. Click for full size.
Courtesy Old Guardhouse Museum, Fort Clark, Texas, circa 1880
6. Lieutenant John L. Bullis
Sergeant John Ward, Seminole Scout image. Click for full size.
Museum of the Big Bend, Sul Ross State University, July 1888
7. Sergeant John Ward, Seminole Scout
Trumpeter Isaac Payne, Seminole Scout image. Click for full size.
Museum of the Big Bend, Sul Ross State University, July 1888
8. Trumpeter Isaac Payne, Seminole Scout
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 17, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 8, 2010, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. This page has been viewed 1,311 times since then and 111 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on June 5, 2012, by William F Haenn of Fort Clark (Brackettville), Texas.   3, 4, 5. submitted on July 4, 2016, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234.   6, 7, 8. submitted on June 5, 2012, by William F Haenn of Fort Clark (Brackettville), Texas. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.
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