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Near Van in Van Zandt County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Battle of the Neches

(Site 15 Miles Southeast)

 
 
Battle of the Neches Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, August 3, 2015
1. Battle of the Neches Marker
Inscription. Main engagement of Cherokee War; fought July 15 and 16, 1839, between 800 Indians (including Delawares and Shawnees) and 500 troops of the Republic of Texas.
     An extraordinary fact is that David G. Burnet, vice president of the Republic; Albert Sidney Johnston, Secretary of War; and two other high officials took active parts in the fighting.
     When killed, Chief Bowles, the aged Cherokee leader, carried a sword given him by Gen. Sam Houston. After the defeat of the tribes, they scattered, thus virtually ending Indian troubles in the settled eastern part of Texas.
 
Erected 1968 by Texas State Historical Survey Committee. (Marker Number 11380.)
 
Location. 32° 30.826′ N, 95° 41.12′ W. Marker is near Van, Texas, in Van Zandt County. Marker can be reached from Interstate 20 at milepost 538, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is located at a rest area on the I-20 eastbound lanes between Exits 537 and 540; marker can only be accessed from the eastbound lanes of the freeway. Marker is in this post office area: Van TX 75790, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Free State of Van Zandt (about 700 feet away, measured in
Battle of the Neches Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, August 3, 2015
2. Battle of the Neches Marker
Marker is located north of the restroom building
a direct line); Brady P. Gentry (approx. 0.2 miles away); Morgan G. Sanders (approx. 4.8 miles away); Alamo Institute (approx. 4.8 miles away); Ben Wheeler Community (approx. 4.9 miles away); Hillcrest Cemetery (approx. 10.7 miles away); Caldwell Walton Raines (approx. 10.8 miles away); Van Zandt County Courthouse (approx. 10.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Van.
 
Also see . . .
1. Battle of the Neches. From the Texas State Historical Association’s “Handbook of Texas Online”. (Submitted on August 12, 2015.) 

2. Battle of the Neches - Wikipedia entry. (Submitted on August 12, 2015.)
 
Categories. Wars, US Indian
 
I-20 Eastbound Rest Area at Mile Marker 530 image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, August 3, 2015
3. I-20 Eastbound Rest Area at Mile Marker 530
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 12, 2015, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 216 times since then and 56 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on August 12, 2015, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.
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