Kendalia in Kendall County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
George Wilkins Kendall
C.S.A. Home Front Producer
—(1809 - 1867) —
With Francis A. Lumsden, in 1837 founded New Orleans Picayune. Joined the Texan-Santa Fe Expedition, 1841, as a reporter. Was imprisoned along with other ill-fated members. Wrote a book on the expedition. During Mexican War, 1846-1848, often rode with the Texas Rangers, in world's first war coverage by a foreign correspondent; filed his news by Pony Express.
In 1847 settled on Texas sheep range, at Post Oak Springs. Continuing news columns brought him in a single mail 300 letters from far away as Sandwich Islands, inquiring about Texas.
During the Civil War, produced wool for Confederate uniforms, blankets. Proposed a weaving mill on Comal River, for making cloth near the flocks. Received no government response. To keep producing wool, had to fight Comanches, range fires, freezing disasters. When roaming vandals threatened to kill shepherds, he and his teenage son tended flocks themselves.
To end of his life, his regular dispatches to the Picayune continued to praise good life in Texas.
Erected 1965 by Texas State Historical Survey Committee. (Marker Number 2169.)
Location. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Kendalia TX 78027, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 2 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Specht's Crossing (approx. 7.4 miles away); Old Blanco County Courthouse (approx. 10.7 miles away).
Also see . . .
1. Wikipedia article. (Submitted on September 24, 2011, by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas.)
2. Handbook of Texas Online. (Submitted on September 24, 2011, by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas.)
Categories. • Native Americans • War, Mexican-American • War, US Civil • Wars, US Indian •
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