Near Brackettville in Kinney County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
2nd Cavalry Division at Fort Clark
In November 1942, the War Department directed reactivation of the 2nd Cavalry Division, assigning two new black regiments, the 27th and the 28th Cavalry. It was also announced the division would be divided between Fort Clark, Texas and Camp Lockett, California. The division activated on February 25, 1943 with headquarters at Fort Clark; command of the division was given to a native Texan, Major General Harry H. Johnson. Here on Fort Clark, over 5,000 horses trained alongside M3 Stuart light tanks and both were featured in a June 1943 20th Century Fox Movietone newsreel. Troopers endured hard training and the racial injustices of the times.
The War Department determined that there was no need for a second cavalry division and planned to again inactivate it. During January 1944, the 2nd Cavalry Division
Erected 2010 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 16260.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Buffalo Soldiers marker series.
Location. 29° 18.428′ N, 100° 25.226′ W. Marker is near Brackettville, Texas, in Kinney County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Swim Park Lane and MacKenzie Road, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is on the grounds of the Fort Clark Springs Association in the Fort Clark National Register Historic District and is accessible to the public. Marker is in this post office area: Brackettville TX 78832, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Seminole-Negro Indian Scout Detachment (a few steps from this marker); U.S. Army Unit Memorial Officers' Club Open Mess (within shouting distance of this marker); Officers Quarters 2-3 and 4 (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Fort Clark Historic District (about 500 feet away); Fight at Las Moras Spring (about 500 feet away); Army Service Club (about 500 feet away); Married Officers' Quarters 8-9 (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Brackettville.
Regarding 2nd Cavalry Division at Fort Clark. The 2nd Cavalry Division was the “Last Tattoo” of the Buffalo Soldiers. More Buffalo Soldier units served at Fort Clark than at any post in the nation.
Also see . . . Friends of the Fort Clark Historic District. Guided tours, presentations and programs, genealogical and archival research assistance ... and much more. (Submitted on August 13, 2013, by William F Haenn of Fort Clark (Brackettville), Texas.)
Categories. • African Americans • War, World II •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 29, 2012, by William F Haenn of Fort Clark (Brackettville), Texas. This page has been viewed 1,144 times since then. Last updated on May 19, 2012, by William F Haenn of Fort Clark (Brackettville), Texas. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on April 29, 2012, by William F Haenn of Fort Clark (Brackettville), Texas. 3. submitted on April 30, 2012, by William F Haenn of Fort Clark (Brackettville), Texas. 4. submitted on August 1, 2012, by William F Haenn of Fort Clark (Brackettville), Texas. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.