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Near Paint Rock in Concho County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

John S. Chisum

Confederate Beef Contractor

 

(1824-1884)

 
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By Richard Denney, April 5, 2010
1. Confederate Beef Contractor Marker
Inscription. On this site during the Civil War and later, grazed by tens of thousands the Longhorns of cattle baron John S. Chisum. Ranch headquarters were 10 miles east. Here in 1863-1865, Chisum not only ranched but also was buyer of cattle to feed Confederate armies stationed west of the Mississippi River.

Born in Tennessee, he came to the Republic of Texas in 1837. After a term as Lamar County clerk, started ranching in 1853. For room to expand, moved his well known "Jingle-Bob" herds to the Concho in 1863.

Though he was not the man who gave the name to the famed northbound trail (this was Jesse Chisolm) John S. Chisum's drives were heroic. Herds bound in wartime for Louisiana army camps had to by-pass or to fight Indians, rustlers and occasionally a Federal patrol. Concho cattle had to swim across the deep, cold Brazos River. Here cowboys would prod a heavy, wild bull till he was angry; then he would turn on men and horses. Or the Brazos itself killed men and horses. Still beef went through to the Confederates.

After the war, Chisum developed ranches in New Mexico and was a bystander in the Lincoln County Wars of Billy the Kid and other desperados.
 
Erected 1965 by State Historical Survey Committee. (Marker Number 2808.)
 
Location.
Confederate Beef Contractor Marker image. Click for full size.
By Richard Denney, April 5, 2010
2. Confederate Beef Contractor Marker
31° 33.278′ N, 99° 55.254′ W. Marker is near Paint Rock, Texas, in Concho County. Marker is on U.S. 83 0.3 miles south of Texas Highway 1929, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Paint Rock TX 76866, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 13 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Concho County (approx. 3.2 miles away); San Clemente Mission (approx. 6.2 miles away); Hoffman Cemetery (approx. 7 miles away); SPJST Lodge No. 49 (approx. 9.4 miles away); Sons of Hermann Lodge (approx. 9.6 miles away); Oldest Rock Building in City (approx. 10 miles away); Sweet Home School (approx. 10.6 miles away); Colorado River Ferry Crossing (approx. 12.3 miles away).
 
Categories. AnimalsWar, US Civil
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 6, 2015, by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas. This page has been viewed 249 times since then and 43 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on April 6, 2015, by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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