Coleman in Coleman County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Home Town of Texas Confederate Colonel James E. McCord
1834 – 1914
South Carolinian. Came to Texas 1853 ▲ Surveyor of lands in this region, including the site of Camp Colorado ▲ Texas Ranger ▲ Prominent secessionist. Member Texas state troops at start of Civil War ▲ Lt. Colonel of Texas Frontier Regiment established 1862. Morale was low among these rugged frontiersmen who disliked the discipline and chain of command of army life. Indians had learned the system of regular patrols between posts and slipped through to plunder. Draft evaders and deserters, another threat to peace were flocking
to the frontier and stealing from the settlers. Some Coleman County families stayed near Camp Colorado for safety. In 1863 McCord was unanimously elected colonel in command of the regiment. He operated it as Ranger unit, abolished regular patrols in favor of unexpected scouting expeditions to surprise Indian raiding parties. With these changes, the regiment's effectiveness increased. In late 1863 a new frontier defense system was initiated. McCord's Regiment was taken into Confederate service as the 46th Texas Cavalry. With the immediate threat of Union invasion from Louisiana and Arkansas, part of the 46th with McCord leading was sent to East Texas defenses, remaining until war's close ▲ Prominent county pioneer, businessman
Erected 1963 by The State of Texas. (Marker Number 2523.)
Location. 31° 50.843′ N, 99° 25.569′ W. Marker is in Coleman, Texas, in Coleman County. Marker can be reached from U.S. 84/283 0.1 miles from Roosevelt Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is located at the flagpole in Coleman City Park; the above directions are to the driveway into the park. Marker is in this post office area: Coleman TX 76834, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Camp Colorado C.S.A. (here, next to this marker); Mrs. J.A.B. Miller Public Library Building (approx. 1.1 miles away); Coleman County Jail (approx. 1.1 miles away); Western Cattle Trail (approx. 1.1 miles away); Co. B, 142nd Infantry, 36th Division Memorial (approx. 1.1 miles away); Original Coleman County Court House (approx. 1.1 miles away); County Named in 1857 for Robert M. Coleman (approx. 1.1 miles away); The Blair House (approx. 1.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Coleman.
More about this marker. The face of the back side of the marker is in poor condition. It is weathered, and the inscription is difficult to read.
Also see . . . James Ebenezer McCord. From the Texas State Historical Associationís “Handbook of Texas Online”. (Submitted on July 19, 2015.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 19, 2015, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 251 times since then and 35 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on July 19, 2015, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.