Lockhart in Caldwell County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Battle of Plum Creek
After regrouping and making plans for revenge, 600 Comanches and Kiowas, including women and children, moved across central Texas in early August. They raided Victoria and Linnville (120 mi. SE), a prosperous seaport. About 200 Texans met at Good's Crossing on Plum Creek under Major-General Felix Huston (1800-1857) to stop the Indians. Adorned with their plunder from Linnville, the war party stretched for miles across the prairie.
The Battle of Plum Creek, August 12, 1840, began on Comanche Flats (5.5 mi. SE) and proceeded to Kelley springs (2.5 mi. SW), with skirmishes as far as present San Marcos and Kyle. Mathew Caldwell (1798-1842), for whom Caldwell County was named, was injured in the Council House fight but took part in this battle. Volunteers under Edward Burleson (1793-1851) included 13 Tonkawa Indians, marked as Texan allies by white armbands. Texan casualties were light while the Indians lost over 80 chiefs and warriors. This battle ended the Comanche penetration of settled portions of Texas.
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Location. 29° 52.906′ N, 97° 40.163′ W. Marker is in Lockhart, Texas, in Caldwell County. Marker is on Route 183, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Near intersection of US 183 and SH 142 in Lions Park. Marker is in this post office area: Lockhart TX 78644, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 18 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Dr. Eugene Clark Library (approx. 0.2 miles away); Caldwell County (approx. ¼ mile away); Caldwell County Courthouse (approx. ¼ mile away); Caldwell County Confederate Soldiers Memorial (approx. ¼ mile away); First Presbyterian Church of Lockhart (approx. 0.3 miles away); Rafael Rios No. 1 (approx. 11.9 miles away); Bunton Branch Bridge (approx. 14.8 miles away); Buda (approx. 17.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lockhart.
Also see . . .
1. Battle of Plum Creek. (Submitted on July 5, 2009, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.)
2. Casas Reales, site of Council House Fight, San Antonio. The "Council House Fight" between Texians and Comanches took place at the Casas Reales in San Antonio and was a key event leading to the Battle of Plum Creek. (Submitted on July 7, 2009, by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas.)
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